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Henry Aaron's Dream by Tavares, Matt [Candlewick, 2010] Hardcover…

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This book illustrates the life of the young Henry Aaron, baseball player. We see his beginnings in Mobile, Alabama where segregation was a daily part of life. Aaron's father understood the ramifications of being an African American ball player and told Henry his dream wasn't possible. If then follows Henry to when he was 13 and Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Dodgers. This encouraged Henry to keep going one day as he COULD make it to the majors. The pictures in the book are colorful. The use of words really hits you. From the very first page - there is a fence with "Whites only" on the fence. We are on the outside looking in, much as Hank Aaron was. Then on page 3, you see the words WHITES ONLY bold and capitalized to describe the many baseball diamonds in the 1940's mobile. Then COLORED only in the same lettering to describe Carver field. The sentence where it says Henry's whole world had changed is bold but not with the canalization of the words that characterize the rigid rules of society. This is the same for "and through it all Jackie persevered." I was glad that they did not capitalize curse words. Although that was a regular part of the world he had to endure, emphasis might have been too much for a young child. We see Henry go on to accomplish his dream through playing with the Braves. ( )
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