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Clemente! Hardcover – May 11, 2010

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Perdomo’s witty, passionate account of the beloved Puerto Rican baseball pioneer takes an unusual approach. The child narrator, whose father is president of the Roberto Clemente fan club, was named in honor of the great player, and little Clemente can tell you just about everything there is to know about the man, from his childhood to his staggering statistics. More important, the boy’s mother reminds him, were Clemente’s off-field heroics as a staunch family man, battler of racism, and humanitarian; he tragically died in a plane crash bringing relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Bits of Spanish are gracefully sprinkled into the narrative: the father tells his boy, “When your teacher takes attendance, / and she calls ‘Clemente,’ / you stand up and say, ‘¡Presente!’” Collier’s kinetic artwork uses collage to explosive effect in scenes of number 21 wielding a bat, and somber directness in a desolate spread of endless ocean waves. More than just a biography, this book warmly illustrates the parent-child bond that is one of the finer by-products of sports fandom. Grades 1-3. --Ian Chipman

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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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805082247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805082241
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a loving tribute to a man considered by many to be one of the finest baseball players ever--Roberto Clemente. The book is told in the first person by a little boy who is the son of the president of "The Greatest Fans of Roberto Clemente Club, Boogie-down Bronx chapter," who also happens to be named Clemente. Spanish is sprinkled throughout the book, as well as the impressive stats that Clemente acquired in his baseball career.

"4 batting titles,
.317 lifetime average,
came to bat 9454 times,
got 3,000 hits,
440 doubles,
166 triples,
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.
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Format: Hardcover
The boy in the story is named after Clemente. His parents tell him about his namesake. The family lives in The Bronx where Roberto Clemente was rey. His father is president of the greatest fans of Roberto Clemente club.

"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."

"Clemente! Clemente!
It's us, tu gente!
Clemente! Clemente!
Prince of the baseball diamante,
Canon-arm Clemente,
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.
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Excellent picture book to use as a common core writing activity because it is really nonfiction, but presented in such a way that the students learn about the amazing Roberto Clemente (I'm a Pittsburgh girl and saw him play numerous times!) while they are enjoying the engaging word choice and organization traits Willie Perdomo uses to tell this story! Following a read aloud with your class (K - 8) discuss the writing traits the author used to hold their interest. Then with the book still in their thoughts, have the children choose another inspiring character and have them write a story about them in a similar fashion. Share the stories and everyone learns about real people who have inspired all of us!
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This short and sweet biography in rhyme also includes career stats and is as a good introduction to Roberto Clemente's life not only to kids but teens and adults as well. The rhymes makes it more fun and easy to read for those not interested in baseball.
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Great job, my student love it. You can look in youtube Clemente video world serie 1972. My students are very proud learning that the first baseball player from in the Hall of Fame was our Roberto Clemente.
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