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Michael Jordan's mother returns for another story about her famous son's childhood.
Michael Jordan’s childhood dreams were always of playing basketball. His friends, brothers and mother are full of upbeat advice, encouraging him to work hard and keep practicing. After watching the U.S. Olympic team battle Russia, young Michael announces to his mother that he will be an Olympic basketball champion. More pat advice about dreamers and doers follows. But Michael puts his plan into action by asking his coach what he could do now to get closer to that dream. And in an ending that echoes Salt in His Shoes (cowritten with Roslyn Jordan and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, 2000), he goes to his older brother’s scrimmage and makes a three-pointer right over the heads of his opponents. An afterword sums up Michael’s journey to the Olympic Games—the culmination of lots of little steps undertaken day after day. -- Kirkus

This inspirational story focuses on the outside influences surrounding the athlete as a nine-year-old both at home and abroad. When the American basketball team loses its bid for a gold medal to Russia in the 1972 Olympics, young Jordan is watching, along with his brothers. Inspired by the close game, he informs his mother that he is going to be an Olympic champion. Through bits and pieces of conversation and parental admonitions, he learns how to achieve his goal with “a series of small steps.” He is called a dreamer, but proves that he is a doer as well. His mother, his middle-school coach, his brother Larry, and a friend all contribute their words of wisdom that lead him to work toward his goal. The watercolor and gouache illustrations have a warm, almost golden tone that evoke the hovering, seemingly present gold medal. In the author’s note, readers learn that Jordan achieved his goal in 1984. A timely publication just before the 2012 Olympics, this book could be paired with the author’s previous story about her son, Salt in His Shoes (S & S, 2000).–Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
School Library Journal, May 2012

About the Author

Deloris Jordan is Michael Jordan’s mother. She works with disadvantaged children through the James R. Jordan Foundation and is the author of Family First, a parenting guide, and is also the author of several books for children: Salt in His Shoes, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Did I Tell You I Love You Today?, illustrated by Shane Evans, Michael’s Golden Rules, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and Baby Blessings, illustrated by James Ransome. The mother of five grown children, she lives in Chicago.

Barry Root is the illustrator of many books for children, including Gumbrella, which he also wrote, and three books by Ronde and Tiki Barber: Teammates, By My Brother’s Side, and Game Day, which received a Christopher Award. He lives with his family in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NC690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paula Wiseman Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442412690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442412699
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this for my grandson who is autistic and soon will be starting to play basketball, I thought this may help him to be patient when learning a new activity because he gets so frustrated when things do not go the way he would like them to go
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I think Deloris Jordan have given boys of all ages an inspiring, heart-felt book. The title of the book says it all, and the story is adorable and inspiring at the same time. This book will be perfect for any young boy's library, and I guarantee it will make a great bedtime story.
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I had to give this book 5 stars because it was right on time. My child is experiencing some difficulties with school right now. He is discouraged and feeling down. Well this book comes right along and reinterates EVERYTHING I've been telling him! It was such a blessing. I ordered the book because I knew it would keep his attention (Michael Jordan and Basketball) but it also encouraged him. I bought a used copy and it was in very good condition. We are very pleased.
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Michael Jordan's mother offers her perspective on Michael Jordan's athletic success in this lengthy picture book. Her emphasis on "homework first!" felt a bit didactic, and seeing his Olympic dream far outweigh thoughts of a pro-basketball career seemed a little artificial, but no matter. Michael Jordan fans and kids looking for sports books will gobble this one up. Full-color watercolor and gouache illustrations by Barry Root (known for his book covers on sports chapter books by Tiki Barber) elevate would could have been an otherwise dull read.
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A Kid's Review on July 30, 2012
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This was an excelent book for our Summer Reading Program! The book was like new with great pictures and nice book jacket. A captivating story for young readers!
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Great book, my 6 year old loved it.
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My grandson loved it...he is 8 years old..took him awhile to read it ...finally has found
something he is interested in!
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Loved this book . My kids and their friends read this several times. I have loaned it to the school. it is a class fav.
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