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Clemente! Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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“A fitting tribute to a fine man and a great way to engage the interest of young readers and listeners, this picture book is a wonderful reminder that some athletes deserve the hero worship they inspire.” ―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Graceful bilingual writing and warm, energetic paintings score big in this winning biography.” ―Cleveland Plain Dealer
“So Clemente is not just a story about the sports hero, who died in a plane crash in 1972 bringing supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, but also a lovely tale about family, love, perseverance and culture.” ―New York Daily News
“Perdomo…strikes just the right note of precocious breathlessness, punctuating his text with Spanish to convey a people's enormous pride in one of their own…Collier's watercolor and collage pictures have a burnished look worthy of a heartfelt hagiography while at the same time evoking the dynamism of a genuine superstar athlete.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Perdomo's lyrical writing draws the reader in; Collier's illustrations are a beautiful companion to the words on the page and bring the characters to life.” ―Starred, Library Media Connection
“This winning tribute to a great humanitarian athlete will resonate with a wide audience.” ―School Library Journal
“More than just a biography, this book warmly illustrates the parent-child bond that is one of the finer by-products of sports fandom.” ―Booklist
Top Customer Reviews
"4 batting titles,
.317 lifetime average,
came to bat 9454 times,
got 3,000 hits,
240 home runs,
12 Golden Gloves...
What makes this book stand out is the way it portrays Roberto Clemente, not only as a great baseball player but as a wonderful human being. He lived his life admirably and never gave up, even when he was receiving ugly letters from people calling him names. His life ended tragically when the plane he was on, bound for Nicaragua with food, clothes and medicine for earthquake victims, crashed and disappeared. Unfortunately, Clemente's life was cut short, and baseball lost a great humanitarian athlete.
"He'll take out his baseball card collection
and pull all his mint condition Clementes,
and then he'll start calling Clemente,
I mean really calling him,
like he was try like he was trying to talk
to the ghost of Roberto Clemente."
It's us, tu gente!
Prince of the baseball diamante,
Puerto Rican prince Clemente,
Hall of fame Clemente"
Perdomo text is informative, lyrical, visual and fun. Sometimes a little flair is expected when talking about great baseball players or plays. Perdomo gives the reader exactly that.
He also lets the reader see all sides of Clemente - the player, the son who when interviewed after winning the World Series spoke Spanish first for his parents, and the man who tried to help Nicaraqua after an earthquake. The author inculdes a great Roberto Clemente timeline in the back
I love Robert Collier's artistic style. It was a perfect fit for this biography. In his notes Collier mentions the medium he used.
"I created the watercolor and collage images of Roberto in action in multiple repeated layers to express the speed, power, impact, and sound he embodied when playing baseball"
Perdomo and Collier have come together to create wonderful biography on Roberto Clemente. Baseball fans of all ages will love it.