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Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Winter, Jonah, Colon, Raul (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1416950826     ISBN-13: 9781416950820
Publisher: Atheneum
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2008

Annotation: Spare, evocative language and exquisite illustrations by Ral Col, n depict the life of Roberto Clemente, a great athlete and an even greater man, who became one of the most respected baseball players of all time.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Baseball players; Puerto Rico; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Baseball players.
Puerto Ricans; Biography.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: 796.357092
LCCN: bl2008004934
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 8.25" W x 0.25" (0.38 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 85937
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q38787
Reading Level: 3.4   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
On an island called Puerto Rico a boy named Roberto Clemente dreamed of nothing but winning at baseball.

With no money -- but plenty of determination -- Clemente practiced on muddy fields with a glove made from a coffee sack. Little League became minor league, which turned into winter league...and, finally, he made it to the major leagues With lightning speed, towering home runs, and grand slams, Clemente introduced himself to America.

Spare, evocative language -- and magnificent illustrations -- tell the story of a great athlete and even greater man who rose through the ranks of baseball to become one of the most admired players of all time.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall)
This attractive picture book chronicles the life and career of Latino baseball star Roberto Clemente, from his childhood in Puerto Rico to his tragic death in a plane crash. The impressionistic account conveys both his professional struggles and successes and his personal attributes; appropriately, the illustrations include both emotion-laden watercolor portraits and black-and-white action shots. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 February #1)
Winter's (Fair Ball!: 14 Great Stars from Baseball's Negro Leagues) uneven narrative offers an overview of baseball great Clemente. The opening spreads introduce Roberto as a child in Puerto Rico, with "very little/ but a fever to play/ and win at baseball." He made a bat from a guava tree branch and fashioned a glove from a coffee-bean sack. The narrative quickly moves to Pittsburgh, where Clemente played for the Pirates, and his finesse on the field helped this last-place team go on to win the World Series his first season there (unfortunately, the text does not specify which year). Fueling the player's desire to excel at the game, Winter suggests, was the fact that although adored by his fans, Clemente did not receive respect or credit from American sportswriters (" `It's because I'm black, isn't it?"/ .../ It's because I am Puerto Rican,' " he asks the "sneering reporters"). The narrative highlights his "one-man show" during the 1971 World Series, in which the Pirates beat the favored Baltimore Orioles, and his 3,000th hit in 1972. Clemente's story ends tragically when his plane crashed as he headed to Central America to aid earthquake victims there. Rendered in watercolor, colored pencils and litho pencils, Colon's (A Band of Angels) art is inconsistent, juxtaposing evocative, richly textured and warmly hued paintings with less successful pen-and-inks. For baseball fans, this spotty biography leaves out many of the tantalizing details on the field, while newcomers may find Clemente's personality curiously distant and vague. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 May)
Gr 2-5-This sparkling picture-book biography is a worthy tribute to an individual whose greatness extended beyond the baseball field and whose stature continues to grow. The lively text highlights the achievements of his incredible career: his extraordinary fielding, his leadership in guiding the Pittsburgh Pirates to two World Series wins, and the accomplishment of recording 3000 hits. The author also imbues his subject with character: Clemente was notable for his generosity and as a trailblazer for Latino ballplayers. He struggled throughout his career with a condescending press, but after his performance in the 1971 World Series, no one could deny his greatness. The book ends with Clemente's tragic death in a plane crash as he was attempting to bring aid to victims of an earthquake in Central America. The illustrations, with their trademark swirls and detailed cross-hatchings, are perfectly suited to the text. Col-n alternates between full-color and black-and-white drawings: they add detail and drama, and the book's overall design is striking. Both author and illustrator are at the top of their game here. A delight for sports lovers as well as general readers.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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