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Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream

by Deloris M. Jordan

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Great read aloud opportunity. Themes are not giving up, persistence, believing in yourself, hard work and community. Any student that is small but wants to be big (physically or metaphorically) will be inspired by this book that they can achieve greatness.
  bault | Aug 16, 2017 |
This book was great. I liked this book for two specific reasons, its message and its illustrations. The message was written by Michael Jordan's mom. She explained to Michael, who was worried about his size, that it takes more than size to become a great athlete. It takes determination, hard work, and passion. The illustrations were very vibrant and extremely interesting to look at. They paired with the text well and they had such charisma. It made me wanting more in the story and made me want to turn each page. ( )
  kelseyjenkens | Apr 21, 2016 |
I loved this biography and think it is a great one for students to read. I think Michael Jordan’s character is great in this story. He shows great determination and perseverance, yet still very relatable to kids. This biography talked about how he practiced hard to accomplish his goals, which is a great lesson for children to learn. I also enjoyed how the book wasn’t completely about his whole career but showed his focus for even just one game. I really liked the illustrations in this book also. They were detailed and followed along with the story giving the reader a very visual look. It was great to read a detailed book yet also look at detailed illustrations, because many students learn and comprehend stories differently, and being able to use both features was great. This is an inspiring story for students of all ages, and a great example of how if they work hard enough to achieve a goal, they can. ( )
  tkoret1 | Mar 18, 2016 |
I think this biography is perfect for children. First of all, I think the illustrations are very detailed. For instance, on one of the first pages little Michael Jordan is playing basketball with other boys. Every boy in that picture is drawn with lots of detail that even show many different facial features and muscles definition. Second, I think Michael Jordan's character is really well developed in this book. He is shown as being having funny response like a typical kid, but still has determination and perseverance. The book talks a lot about how much he practiced and kept focus to accomplish even just one goal. I also really liked how well developed the plot was. The book isn't just about Michael Jordan's entire career, but yet showed how much determination he had even in the one game he was preparing for. As a result, the reader can infer that this determination is the reason why Michael Jordan was so successful. The main idea of this story was how hard Michael Jordan worked to reach a goal, and everyone can reach a goal if they try hard enough too. ( )
  CSoude3 | Mar 2, 2016 |
This is a book about personality development and perseverance. Young Michael Jordan fears that he'll never be good at basketball because he is not tall enough. However with encouragement he continues to work towards his dream of becoming a great basketball player.
  VLYNNEREESE | Feb 17, 2016 |
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Before basketball star Michael Jordan's name was uttered reverently in households all over the planet, young Michael was just a shrimpy kid trying to play ball with the big boys in the neighborhood. Tired of being teased by the biggest boy on the court, Michael is convinced the only solution is to grow taller. His mama smilingly suggests putting salt in his shoes and saying a prayer every night. His daddy tells young Michael that "Being taller may help you play a little better, but not as much as practice, determination, and giving your best will. Those are the things that make you a real winner." And so they are. At 6-foot-6, Michael may not have grown up to be the tallest player on the court, but he sure did turn out to be one of the best!

As his mother and his sister, Deloris Jordan and Rosalyn Jordan are in a pretty good position to tell us all about what made Michael a star. They create an image of a cozy, loving family life any child would be happy to come home to. Award-winning illustrator Kadir Nelson's oil pictures of the gangly little Michael with hyperlong arms and oversized hands capture the preteen potential as well as his gawky grace. This warm, uplifting story will encourage young readers to chase their dreams with hard work and faith. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that determination and hard work are more important than size when playing the game of basketball.

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