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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Henry Aaron's Dream - Matt Ravares (Picture Book)
















Released January 2010

www.candlewick.com

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here's an excellent picture book that delves into the early days of Henry Aaron's life and explains how he made it into big league baseball.

Hammerin' Hank, as he came to be known, was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He grew up at a time when segregation put many obstacles in the way of black players who wanted to break into professional baseball.

In this captivating biography the reader will follow Aaron from his early days playing with teams in the old Negro Leagues to the day he was signed by the Milwaukee Braves. There were many racial problems the young man had to deal with but he worked hard, never gave up and eventually his dream was realized.

This is Matt Tavares' fourth picture book about baseball. The excellent illustrations and engrossing text make Henry Aaron's Dream a truly memorable story. Any youngster who loves baseball will love this book.

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