Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born

 
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Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
January 03, 2017
ISBN
9780062430168
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In this picture book biography of Muhammad Ali, author Gene Barretta and illustrator Frank Morrison tell the unforgettable childhood story of this legendary boxing champion and how one pivotal moment set him on his path to become the Greatest of All Time.

The Louisville Lip. The Greatest. The People’s Champion. Muhammad Ali had many nicknames. But before he became one of the most recognizable faces in the world, before the nicknames and the championships, before he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali, he was twelve-year-old Cassius Clay riding a brand-new red-and-white bicycle through the streets of Louisville, Kentucky. One fateful day, this proud and bold young boy had that bike stolen, his prized possession, and he wouldn’t let it go. Not without a fight.

This would be the day he discovered boxing. And a champion was born.

Back matter includes biographical overview, photos, bibliography, and more resources.

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A GREAT Biography
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
When Cassius Clay was 12 years old, his brand new bicycle was stolen. When he went to report it to a police officer, he ended up in a local gym. There, Officer Martin told him that before he went to look to beat someone up about stealing the bicycle, he should learn to fight. Under Martin's wing, Cassius trained hard and eventually became a huge force in professional boxing.
Good Points
Vivid watercolors accompany this story of the outspoken and driven boy who because Muhammad Ali. While the story starts with information about Ali's boxing career, it segues nicely into his childhood and tells not only the story of his bicycle, but also of what life was like for African Americans during the 1950s and 1960s.

The page formatting varies between two page spread with text at the bottom, and pages with smaller illustrations separated by the text. Action words are printed in larger type, adding movement and interest to some pages. While this is not too lengthy to read aloud, it has enough information that this book is a good choice for older readers who want an overview of Ali's life without reading a longer biography.

Two pages of notes at the back of the book give more information about Ali's life, and there are a few photographs, which is a nice touch. There is also a brief bibliography.

An excellent choice for Black History Month, Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born delivers an accessible story of a great man as a boy who is struggling to find his way, and does so successfully.
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