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Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali

by Charles R. Smith Jr., Charles R. Smith Jr.

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RGG: A rather lengthy picture book. The rap style of the verse can be distracting to the dispersal of information. Many, many details.
  rgruberexcel | Oct 19, 2014 |
This is a 70 page versed biography on boxer Muhammad Ali. ( )
  starkss | Dec 11, 2012 |
This biography about Muhhamad Ali’s life is extremely detailed. It goes into specifics from his childhood to his career highlighting fights. As a teacher, I would recommend this for a 4th grade or higher. The vocabulary is not difficult; it is just extensive in detail. ( )
  JodiEasley | Dec 3, 2012 |
The life of Muhammad Ali. How and why he became the boxer he became. All the struggles he went through and over came. The book would be great for not only Black History month but when learning about people who worked hard for what they wanted. The word choice can be difficult at time so I would recommend the book for upper elementary or middle school. ( )
  vicmelen | Nov 25, 2012 |
This book is a beautiful poetic expression of the life of Muhammad Ali, his life as a legend, an eloquent speaker and his heart of gold.

Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali is a poetic expression of Ali's life. From his birth in Louisville, Kentucky to his current life and struggles with Parkinson's Disease, follow along with each round of the book as Ali battles through his boxing career. In reviewing this book I learned about many highlights in Ali's life I was not aware of. Like his earliest interest in boxing brought on by a stolen bike, his encounter with man, a cop, who became his trainer. Ali's arrest, jail time and why, plus so much more. Each round a snippet of his life's greatest and not so greatest moments. This book ends with a glance at her personal life, his many wives, all his children and what he is doing today. In the back of the book you will find a timeline which outlines his career from 1942 up to his retirement from boxing in 1981. Written by Ali's son this book is not just about his fathers boxing career, but also about the struggles Ali encountered in breaking the mold. Which as a black man included standing up for himself and eloquently speaking out. Throughout his career Ali was his own promoter by his use of words in a constant poetical and lyrical motion. I feel this is an excellent book for a not only children but also for adults who would like to learn more about Muhammad Ali. A legend, a boxer who fought not for money but to express his strength, pride and his freedom, his character passed down to Ali from his own father, Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. ( )
  autumnblues | Apr 1, 2011 |
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A dynamic author-illustrator team follows the threetime heavyweight champ through twelve rounds of a remarkable life.

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. . . . I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived!"

From the moment a fired-up teenager from Kentucky won 1960 Olympic gold to the day in 1996 when a retired legend, hands shaking from Parkinson’s, returned to raise the Olympic torch, the boxer known as "The Greatest" waged many a fight. Some were in the ring, against opponents like Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier; others were against societal prejudice and against a war he refused to support because of his Islamic faith. Charles R. Smith Jr.’s rap-inspired verse weaves and bobs and jabs with relentless energy, while Bryan Collier’s bold collage artwork matches every move — capturing the "Louisville loudmouth with the great gift of rhyme" who shed the name Cassius Clay to take on the world as Muhammad Ali.

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A brief biography in verse of boxer Muhammad Ali.

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Editions: 0763616923, 0763650021

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