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Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World Hardcover – January 8, 2008

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*Starred Review* Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World begins not with Ali, but with Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world, and then moves on to champions Joe Louis and Sonny Liston. All were great in the ring, but as Winter has God ask: “Is that all there is to a boxer?” It is not, of course. “There appeared a great man descending on a cloud, jump-roping into the Kingdom of Boxing,” and Ali is portrayed running alongside a fifties Cadillac in a driving rain. All of Ali’s considerable charisma is vividly captured by Roca’s oil paintings—we see Ali both leading groups of people and facing off in the ring, and always he has that gleam in his eye that could be mischievous or turn malignant. As it tells the story of Ali’s career, culminating with his triumph in the Rumble in the Jungle, this book skillfully introduces young readers not only to Ali’s career and life story but also to his significance. “Muhammad Ali was a new kind of boxer—and a new kind of person,” the kind of African American who is “proud, strong, willing to fight.” Grades 3-6. --John Green

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Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2007:
"Biblical syntax and cadences lift The Greatest from sports legend to prophet in this remarkable homage."

Starred review, Booklist, February 2, 2007:
“All of Ali’s considerable charisma is vividly captured by Roca’s oil paintings.”
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375836225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375836220
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ages 4-8 will appreciate Jonah Winter & Francois Roca's story Muhammed Ali: Champion of the World, of boxer Muhammed Ali, who was more than a boxer, symbolizing Muslim rights and his people's efforts to succeed. This biography highlights his life using large-sized, vivid lettering to capture the drama of his life and boxing style.
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He held his hands up in victory and appeared to shout in triumph while the Great White Hope was sprawled out in the boxing ring. Jack Johnson, "the first black king in the Kingdom of Boxing" was a winner, but people hated him for his pride and the color of his skin so he disappeared. Then there was Joe Louis, "The Brown Bomber." Children would gather round his poster imitating the stance of this proud champion. Many years later another generation of children pretended to be like the new king of boxing, Sonny Liston. Now he was able to knock a man out in the first round, but God asked, "IS THAT ALL THERE IS TO A BOXER?" Perhaps there was another king of boxing just waiting to enter the scene.

Yes, there was another proud young man who, when "the heavens opened up," would stun the world with not only his boxing ability, but his boldness and pride. A young Cassius Clay claimed that he would be "THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME." He was a talker, who would take a microphone, point his finger straight at a camera and boast of his future victories. He won the Olympic gold medal and boldly stepped up and told the world they would remember him. He would take on Sonny, but people were saying he was full of hot air. In return he would say things like, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, you can't hit what you can't see." POW, POW, POW! Was Cassius Clay going to become all he said he would be?

No book will ever capture the amazing spirit of Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, but this book comes fairly close to it. Many of his sayings are printed in oversize bold print, emphasizing and attempting to recreate his bravado. The paintings are absolutely gorgeous and manage to step back in time and grab him in his prime.
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My seven year old loved this book because it has really good pictures and a fantastic message: work hard and never give up.
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