- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: AD820L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (February 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763668249
- ISBN-13: 978-0763668242
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues Hardcover – February 10, 2015
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Gr 2–4—Tavares is no stranger to the baseball picture book biography genre. He has several examples under his belt: There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived (2012) and Becoming Babe Ruth (2013, both Candlewick). With his latest, Tavares looks to a more recent time and player, Cy Young Award winner and World Series champion Pedro Martinez. Tavares begins in the Dominican Republic in 1981, where Martinez witnessed his older brother Ramon's rise to stardom. Tavares masterfully depicts, with quick verse and beautiful illustrations, the world in which the two siblings came of age. Though he was considered too small to make it as a pitcher in the major leagues, his persistence eventually paid off and he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and moved to the United States. Martinez journeyed to America, facing challenges as he adapted to a new language and culture. After describing of the athlete's major league triumphs with several teams, Tavares leads readers back to the mango groves of the Dominican Republic, where Martinez developed into one of the best pitchers in baseball history. It is somewhat vexing that there is no mention of how in 2004, with Martinez, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years; however, this is a strong overview of a remarkable athlete. Martinez's unbelievable statistics are included at the end of the book. VERDICT A wonderful introduction to a truly special player.—Keith Klang, Port Washington Public Library, NY
Tavares masterfully depicts, with quick verse and beautiful illustrations, the world in which the two siblings came of age.... This is a strong overview of a remarkable athlete. Martinez’s unbelievable statistics are included at the end of the book. A wonderful introduction to a truly special player.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Tavares highlights their warm filial relationship, inviting readers to understand how Ramón is challenged by loneliness in America, mostly because his lack of English prevents him from communicating. ... The gouache and watercolor paintings lovingly depict both players, from boyhood to adulthood. Tavares captures some of the iconic images of Pedro: pitching with intensity, goofing off in the bullpen, and even being taped to a pole by his teammates as a prank.
Tavares’ latest baseball profile, featuring Pedro Martínez, is as much an homage to the love between brothers as it is a biography.... Concluding stats top off this winning title.
Tavares’s luminous paintings pair with accessible prose arranged into verselike passages to create a vivid portrait of two contemporary athletes.
Watercolor, gouache and pencil illustrations depict the emotional fervor of the action.... A warm portrait of a modern baseball icon.
Fraternal mentoring and emulation forms a cohesive theme throughout.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The story of how Pedro Martinez came to achieve that status is inspiring, and author/illustrator Matt Tavares captures it perfectly for younger readers.
—from Kendal Rautzhan
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I finally got your book, "Growing Up Pedro" It is unbelievable! Your illustrations and the story are awesome. I asked my wife to come look at it with me, and,always frugal, she said, "Om my god this is a great book... How much did you pay for it?" I told her, and she was shocked that I could get such a high quality book for the price. I can't wait to read this to my Grandson, this is one of his birthday presents.
This will be an heirloom in our family for sure.
Your other books will be ordered immediately.
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