Excellent biographical read aloud for students grades from Kindergarten to 3rd. Walter Dean Meyers’ version of this American idol’s life is brought to life through drawings illustrated by Alix Delinois. Myers brings us into this biography by telling us of the life and career of Muhammad Ali and explaining to the reader about the time in which he lived as well as his advocacy of equal rights for African-Americans.
The illustrations take the reader and listener on a magical visual journey into the life of Cassius Clay becoming the famous boxing fighter Muhammad Ali and into other areas of his life. Strong colors keep the reader’s interest as well as enhancing the storyline with feeling and power. As a school librarian I recommend this book as an invaluable addition to the biography section of any classroom and elementary school library.
Ages: 5 to 8 / Illustrated by Alix Delinois
He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., in Louisville, Kentucky. His very first boxing coach, former police officer Joe Martin, told him, "You better learn how to fight before you start challenging people." Once considered the underdog, Cassius, later known as Muhammad Ali, would eventually win the title of heavyweight champion of the world. Acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers recounts the champ's most famous fights and examines the depth and complexity of the larger-than-life legend Muhammad Ali. The bold, vibrant art of Alix Delinois reflects the beauty and power of the man who could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."