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Henry Aaron's Dream

by Matt Tavares

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This is a great biography of Henry Aaron before he became a big time baseball player. This shows children a more relate-able side of this man, and where he got his influence to break away from the norm and follow his dreams.
  emilystrong | Nov 30, 2014 |
Matt Tavares tells the story of Henry Aaron's dream to become a professional, major league baseball player and follows Aaron's childhood and early baseball years right up until he became a big league player in 1954, Note, this book does not follow Aaron through the rest of his career when he beat Babe Ruth's home run record. Tavares has a solid story about the beginning of a baseball legend, supported with detailed, well researched illustrations.
  vsoler | Jun 8, 2014 |
This is the second picture book biography of Henry "Hank" Aaron taht I've read in as many days, and I have to say that the variation between the two is very interesting. I'm no Hank Aaron fanatic, but I do find his accomplishemnts and the incredible degree of character that he demonstrated throughout his lifetime worthy of a bit of marveling. He was truly an exceptional human being and he was far from the only one. It's true that Jackie Robinson endured a lot as he led the way with his entrance into the Major Leagues, but that doesn't mean that the trail was any smoother for the others that followed after him. Yet so many people discount perseverance of Hank Aaron. Unfortunate. Good book though. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
I quite liked this book about the start of Hank Aaron's career. I think the illustrations are wonderful and I think it explains how much vitrol black baseball players were subjected to at a level children will understand. ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
Growing up in Mobile, Alabama in the 1940's, Henry Aaron wanted to be a big-league baseball player. He didn't even have a bat or a baseball; just his dreams. But his father told him "Ain't no colored ballplayers." The baseball diamonds in town all had signs that said WHITE ONLY. But when Henry was twelve, a single park opened up that said COLORED ONLY, and Henry found a new home away from home.

In 1947, when Henry was thirteen, Jackie Robinson crossed the major league baseball color line, and Henry's whole world changed. Now he knew anything was possible. Henry first played in minors, and it wasn't easy because of the prejudice he encountered. But he just kept thinking of Jackie Robinson and persevered. In 1954 his dream finally came true with the Milwaukee Braves, ironically, in a game against Jackie Robinson! This is an inspiring and exciting story with vibrant, realistic illustrations. At the back of the book, the author has included the yearly statistics for Aaron's major league baseball career. ( )
  nbmars | Feb 23, 2012 |
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Matt Tavares hits one out of the park with this powerful tale of a kid from the segregated south who would become baseball’s home-run king.

Before he was Hammerin’ Hank, Henry Aaron was a young boy grow ing up in Mobile, Alabama, with what seemed like a foolhardy dream: to be a big-league baseball player. He didn’t have a bat. He didn’t have a ball. And there wasn’t a single black ball player in the major leagues. B ut none of this could stop Henry Aaron. In a captivating biography of Henr y Aaron’s young life – from his sandlot days through his time in the Negro Leagues to the day he played his first spring training game for the Braves – Matt Tavares offers an inspiring homage to one of baseball’s all-time greats.
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Matt Tavares hits one out of the park with this powerful tale of a kid from the segregated south who would become baseball’s home-run king.

Before he was Hammerin’ Hank, Henry Aaron was a young boy grow ing up in Mobile, Alabama, with what seemed like a foolhardy dream: to be a big-league baseball player. He didn’t have a bat. He didn’t have a ball. And there wasn’t a single black ball player in the major leagues. B ut none of this could stop Henry Aaron. In a captivating biography of Henr y Aaron’s young life – from his sandlot days through his time in the Negro Leagues to the day he played his first spring training game for the Braves – Matt Tavares offers an inspiring homage to one of baseball’s all-time greats.

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A picture book biography of African-American baseball player Hank Aaron.

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