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Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory): The Story of Muhammad Ali Paperback – August 24, 2010
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Collier's bold pictures...are among the best of his illustrious career, capturing both nuance and excitement.
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About the Author
Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of HOOP QUEENS and its companion, HOOP KINGS. He also wrote and illustrated the American Library Association Notable Book RIMSHOTS: BASKETBALL PIX, ROLLS, AND RHYTHMS, among other titles. Charles R. Smith Jr. lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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This 78 page book gives a brief biography of “The Greatest.” It is also fully illustrated. In round one it tells of the birth of Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. Round two explains how the meeting with a police officer changed his life, when the officer suggested that young Clay should learn how to box. Round three tells about “Clay, the conqueror of Rome.” Round four further explores how the mighty mouth was used to get his opponents shook up and off their game plan when he fought them. Round five covers the rise of Muhammad Ali in the ring. Round six deals with the “politics of peace.” Round seven through twelve further chronicles his life.
I found this book somewhat interesting but many of the pages were missing in this book which left gaps in the totality of the book. This is one of the down sides to ordering books in the used book section of Amazon market place; nevertheless, if you are interested in the life of the greatest heavyweight boxer who ever lived, you might want to check out this volume.
Rating: 3 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Tactical Principles of the most effective combative systems).
Our Thoughts: I have an attraction for books that win certain awards and books that win the Coretta Scott King Awards are high on my list of must reads for my children. This IS a MUST read. The book chronicles Ali's life through 12 beautifully lyrically-written poems using a one-two combination of Ali's words and the author's. The words read well on paper but when read aloud seemed more powerful, more blunt, more Ali.
Bryan Collier is once of our favorite illustrators and he did not disappoint. His rich and bold watercolor and collage-style illustrations add depth and texture to the free verse and sometimes lyrical poems.
The rhythmic verse of this biography may be perfect for readers who may find other biographies too wordy or boring.