Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way

12:15 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way

Hank Aaron not only broke into baseball, but he also endured racial threats, and ended up breaking Babe Ruth's home run record.

Golenbock begins the book by letting us know Aaron was born during the Depression and grew up in a poor but loving family. When Aaron was a kid, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues. After that, Aaron knew what he wanted to do. His father had taught him "the joy of playing baseball in open grassy fields," and his mother taught him how to set goals and not let anyone stop him from achieving them. This picture book biography follows Aaron through his time with the Milwaukee Braves where he set the goal to break Babe Ruth's home run record. Aaron realizes his dream by making it to the Major Leagues, but also has to face the realization of receiving hate mail and death threats. But this doesn't stop Aaron's determination to be the best and be brave in every way!

The acrylic portraits of Aaron really depict his strength and determination and will have you cheering as if you were in the stands when Aaron broke the Babe's record! This is a great book to teach young readers about perseverance, desire, and will.

Additional Information:
Author: Peter Golenbock
Illustrator: Paul Lee
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Voyager Books (March 1, 2005)
ISBN-10: 015205250X
ISBN-13: 978-0152052508
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  1. Kathy said...

    thanks for the review - being in GA we use Hank Aaron books a lot - especially in 2nd grade (they study famous Georgians) and I am always looking for new ones. As an aside, Matt Tavares is coming out with a Hank Aaron book next spring - can't WAIT for that one!

  2. Lori Calabrese said...

    Wow- great! Thanks for the heads up. I'll have to keep an eye out for that one!

    I love that the 2nd graders study famous Georgians--what a great idea! I had a boxer grow up in the same town I did as a kid and I remember thinking it was just the coolest thing--that somebody from our town could actually make it. That's really inspiring for kids!

    All the best,