- Age Range: 11 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Series: Biography (A & E)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Lerner Pub Group (March 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822596881
- ISBN-13: 978-0822596882
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,405,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bruce Lee: By Linda Tagliaferro (Biography (A & E)) Paperback – March 1, 2000
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up-This biography is packed with information on Lee, his films, his family, and his legacy. It includes both the usual movie stills of Lee in action and rarer, more revealing photos in color and in black and white of him with his siblings, in his parents' home, and in a dance contest (he was a cha-cha champion in Hong Kong). Tagliaferro introduces Lee's daughter, whom many writers ignore in favor of her late brother, Brandon. The author gets much of her information from interviews with the people who knew Lee best (including his wife), and the quotes she incorporates give the book an added personal dimension. As with many biographies of larger-than-life characters, there seems to be some exaggeration, as when the author claims that Lee avoided punches "seconds" before they reached him. But all in all, this is a solid offering, with tidbits of unusual information and contacts for scholarships in Lee's name.
Laura Santoro, Coventry Library, Cleveland Heights, OH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Tagliaferro traces Lee's Life from his birth in San Francisco in 1940 to his all too brief brush with fame in Hong Kong before his sudden death in 1973 and subsequent posthumous stardom. The childhood years of Bruce `never sits still' Lee in Hong Kong are nicely sketched by Tagliaferro. Also the descriptions of Lee's early days in America given by his various friends are touching. For example, Lee's life at Ruby Chows Chinese Restaurant in Seattle as recounted by his friend Skip Ellsworth. Lee's room is described as being, `exactly the same size as a normal closet. He slept on the floor and the "desk" that he studied on was a wooden apple box.' Bruce kept his clothes folded on the floor next to his bed. There was one bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling'. However, perhaps understandably, the later, more complex years of Bruce Lee's life are less fully portrayed.
The `facts' are presented simply and clearly. However, adult readers will be only too well aware that the `facts' being presented are only one version of Bruce Lee's story. My main criticism of the book is that the absence of any real interest in Bruce Lee by Linda Tagliaferro is a weakness. Also the previous titles by Linda Tagliaferro for example, Genetic Engineering: Progress or Peril? chart a rather odd trajectory into writing about Bruce Lee. Overall however, Bruce Lee is a very pleasant little book; well illustrated with carefully chosen photographs on nearly every page. Furthermore, it attempts to offer children a positive message about what can be achieved in the face of obstacles and discrimination. For adult readers, it's strictly for the `must have everything about Bruce Lee type'. Otherwise, find a child you can buy it for, then borrow it!
All quotes taken from, Bruce Lee, by Linda Tagliaferro, (A&E Lerner Publications 2000).
I would rate this book with four stars because this book has a lot of action in it and good fighting sequences. The book also shares about marriage to Linda Lee having two kids, Shannon and Brandon Bruce Lee .Brandon was born on February 1, 1965 and Shannon was born on April 19, 1969.
On March 31, 1993 a tragedy happen in the making of "The Crow" Brandon died. He thought he was about to get shot with a blank but instead he was shot with a .44-caliber. Eric Draven pointed the gun at Brandon. He fired the gun and Brandon fell to the floor. The scene ended, but Brandon didn't get up.
Read this book you will like this biography very much by Linda Tagliaferro.