Henry Aarons Dream

Henry Aarons Dream 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 KingBefore 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

Matt Tavares was born in Boston, and grew up surrounded by books and reading From the time he was very young, his mother read to him every night, and his family made countless trips to the public library Years later, as a studio art major at Bates College, he rediscovered his love for picture books, and decided to try to make his own.For his senior thesis project, Matt wrote and illustrated a st

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  • Hardcover
  • 48 pages
  • Henry Aarons Dream
  • Matt Tavares
  • 09 October 2019
  • 9780763676537

10 thoughts on “Henry Aarons Dream

  1. says:

    This is a true story about Henry Aaron who grew up in the segregated south and become a professional baseball player.When growing up, he didn t have a bat or a ball and no African American people played in the major leagues But he still had a dream to become a professional baseball player This book covers Henry from when at 12 a baseball field was built for colored only, to him playing in the Negro Leagues and to when he played his first spring training game for the Braves.This was a great story that my students absolutely loved They wanted to keep learning about him, so we googled him and researched photos Also, I had to pass the book around afterword so they could all see it They LOVED this book

  2. says:

    Fantastic in every way Considering that I don t really like sport stories or sports in general , and I had no idea who Henry Aaron aka Hammerin Hank was, it s surprising how much I loved this book Henry Aaron was a boy with a dream He wanted to play baseball At the time there were no black major league players, but he didn t give up and he practiced everyday Then, Henry s whole world changed Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers I never thought about it before the effects of privilege , how it must have been to see someone who was just like you, doing the impossible It reminded me of Whoopi Goldberg telling about seeing Uhura and knowing that she could be an actress Honestly, I found myself in tears by the end It was so COOL to see this little boy who wanted to be a ball player work his butt off and finally achieve his dream Matt Tavares perfectly captured the story in very simple language The illustrations were great He was a trailblazer, just like Jackie Robinson, and he faced a lot of discrimination People can be really cruel But Hank didn t let that get him down and now he s one of baseball s legends Stories of people overcoming the odds and achieving their dreams will never fail to inspire me This is my second Candlewick Biography, I d love to collect them all for my classroom library.

  3. says:

    This inspiring biographical picture book written about Henry Hank Aaron would be an excellent read aloud for upper elementary to middle school aged students It begins with Henry as a twelve year old boy who has a love for baseball, and a desire to play it despite the many obstacles he would have to face He becomes inspired by his hero, Jackie Robinson, and continues to play baseball and eventually joins a Major League team and sets multiple records of his own This book is about perseverance and determination even in the face of odds It will teach children to stand up for what they believe in and to push towards their dreams despite the current norms in society As a teacher, I think that this would be best read to students so that we could discuss the history and harsh reality of segregation in the United States Matt Tavares has written a few similar books, so this book could be taught to compare and contrast the lives of athletes, for example, Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron.This is a WOW book for me for many reasons First, it would spark great discussions about perseverance This book points out the hardships that both Jackie Robinson and Henry Aaron faced in their career because of their skin color Additionally, the oversized illustrations in this book are incredibly detailed and realistic I know that students would be as intrigued by them as I was Lastly, the Author s Note at the end of the book provides details of Henry Aaron s career and how he even surpassed Babe Ruth s home run record This book gives just enough information for readers to feel satisfied, yet I know that this would likely spark curiosity for many readers to seek out information about him.

  4. says:

    There are a lot of books about Jackie Robinson, but this book has an interesting perspective it looks at how Robinson s breakthrough to the Major Leagues was a seminal moment in the life of Henry Aaron The illustrations are incredibly rich with detail I have at least two favorites there is one in which Tavares has Aaron looking at the lineup posted in the dugout with his name in the leadoff spot another has Aaron sliding in to second base, ahead of the tag being applied by Jackie Robinson With the first, I recognized some of the players listed for both teams, an element of authenticity that reminds me that with specificity comes credibility In the latter, I could not help but wonder whether people watching that play in the exhibition game had any idea of what lay in store for Aaron s career I doubt that any would have believed that he would go on to become baseball s all time home run leader by the time of his retirement Henry Aaron s Dream is much than a baseball book it is a marvelous recapturing of attitudes during the Civil Rights movement and a lesson in perseverence It also reminds us how important it is to have role models and inspirational figures that lend substance to the dreams we pursue One can only imagine the seismic impact of Barack Obama winning the presidency, the importance of breaking that glass ceiling for African Americans We are another day closer to no longer referring to people as the first person of color to do this, or the first woman to do that, and so on I find it intriguing that, when growing up, I never gave any thought as to Hank Aaron s race The books always talked about about Robinson and his Dodger teammates especially Roy Campanella , Larry Doby, Roberto Clemente, and guys like Minnie Minoso and Buck O Neal But Aaron s story is integral to understanding race as it impacted baseball, American sports and American culture in general This book gives the reader an importance glimpse as to Aaron s development prior to reaching the Show, and I think it is a must read for baseball enthusiasts, as well as those who are studying African American history I believe it merits consideration for all ages, although I should note that there are two uses of n word that could spark trouble if not appropriately addressed While the use of the word does lend authenticity to the story, it likely spells the end of read aloud opportunities without changing the word Some others may believe differently, but I d suggest a courageous coversation in regards to the implications of the word if it is read aloud.

  5. says:

    I initially selected this book to read because I remembered my Dad talking about going to watch the Milwaukee Braves play when he was a little boy Henry Hank Aaron was one of the players he would tell me about.As a boy, Henry practiced batting by swinging a broom handle and used rags or tin cans for his baseballs In the 1940s, there were many ball diamonds in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama where he couldn t play because of the color of his skin When he turned twelve, a new ball diamond opened, one where the sign read colored only instead of whites only Henry didn t hold his bat the right way, but he d play until the night was too dark and until he could hit harder than anyone else at Carver Park A year later, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in big league baseball and Henry Aaron now had a chance at his dream He heard of the challenges, knew what he would face, but kept working to get into the big leagues While still in high school, Henry was able to play for a local semi pro team When first he had a chance to try out for the Dodgers, he was dismissed as someone too small who played wrong That didn t stop Henry The book follows his progress until he makes it into the major leagues and his family sees him play in an exhibition game in Mobile.The illustrations in this book are gorgeous This would be a great picture book for not only sports fans, but for discussing civil rights and following dreams It could also be a good fit for students studying either Alabama or Wisconsin history Of particular interest to many baseball fans will be the statistics chart at the end of the book.

  6. says:

    Full review at My Review Matt Tavares s four superbly crafted biographies take a look at the life of each man, but as than a baseball player We learn about their childhoods, where they came from, and their dreams and hopes Each book includes aspects of the history surrounding them including the Depression, wars, and racism Additionally, these books are crafted beautiful with lyrically written prose These books are must reads for lovers of baseball, history, and biographies in general.Teachers Tools for Navigation I was lucky enough to be asked to write a teachers guide for each of these books For each book, I created discussion questions and activities including cross curricular activities I plan on using this guide in my own classroom with the books in a lit circle type of setting Each group will be given one of the biographies, will complete the discussion questions and activities, and then become experts on their player before presenting These biographies are asking to be in classrooms, and I hope the guide helps show how they can fit into a language arts reading class.Please check out the complete guide at

  7. says:

    I shared this book with my fifth graders and it was a great pick for a read aloud The stunning paintings do a masterful job of telling the story of Henry Aaron s life as he struggled to become a major league baseball player As a youngster, Henry s father didn t encourage him to play baseball because there were no teams that would allow black players Even after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, he still faced discrimination, insults and physical assaults from those who couldn t accept him As I shared the illustrations and the story, my students were disturbed by the images of Whites Only signs on the baseball field fence and the racial bigotry that was widespread at that time in our history As the story unfolds, though, many were impressed by Aaron s perseverance through these times Many of them felt inspired by it So did I What an awesome book

  8. says:

    Matt Tavares did a nice job on both the text and illustrations for Henry Aaron s Dream This book would be a wonderful addition to a collection on African Americans who made a difference or a sports collection It also does a good job of showing what determination, dedication, and perseverance was required for Aaron to reach his dream.

  9. says:

    Henry Aaron s Dream by Matt Tavares published by Candlewick Press Massachusetts copyright 2010.Awards the book has received This book has not received any awards.Appropriate grade level s This book is appropriate for children from Preschool 2nd grade and older.Summary This book is about a boy named Henry Arron who had a dream of playing for a major league baseball team He was black so his father told him not to get his hopes up He practiced on their towns only colored baseball field until he eventually was recognized This story tells about Henry s journey through each step until his dream finally becomes a reality and he is able to play baseball next to his idol, Jackie Robinson.Review This book is an inspirational story that shows the perseverance and determination of a black boy trying to become a major league base ball player This is a wonderful story to read to children because it shows that if you keep trying and never give up, you can achieve your dream It shows it in a realistic and somewhat harsh manor but can defiantly be read to younger students.Uses in the classroom Students can explore a few difficult words and learn their meaning through the text example perseverance Students can play baseball and learn sight words as they play using the bases to spell out the word Students can write about a dream they had and what they did to reach that dream.

  10. says:

    On the fourth page of writing, there is a quote that would not be appropriate at my elementary school Everywhere Jackie played white fans called him N and a second N comes a few pages later with a similar quote The information was ok throughout the book but seemed a bit wordy at times The illustrations were good I would not purchase this one due to the language Even though I know it was used in that time era, I think I would receive negative a very response from my local patrons and their parents I showed it to several teachers and they all gasped when they read it saying that is too bad and why on earth would they put that in a children s picture book I think the editor did not think about this one too much It is one thing to express the culture and racial tensions of the time, but some things, especially language, are still extremely problematic today and I would not go there Skip this one or put pressure on the editor to update without the N word Reading level was around 3rd 4th.

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