Float Like a Butterfly

8:19 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Ntozake Shange first met Muhammad Ali when she was just beyond her childhood. She believed in heroes and believed in him, which is why she decided to write Float Like a Butterfly, a picture book biography on the man who continues to inspire "hope and courage."

The short text portrays Ali as a boy who struggled to make his way in the segregated world of the pre-civil rights south whose parents helped him see a different way. He knew freedom was worth fighting for and knew he'd be the greatest boxer of all time. Young readers will learn how he won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics when he was eighteen years old, how he refused to fight in Vietnam, and they'll be introduced to some of his most memorable matches.
It's the artwork that is appealing about this book and it accentuates the heart and determination of young Cassius Clay. I personally like how the first and last pages are set up like a boxing promotional poster, setting the tone for an inspirational tale.

Additional Information:

Author: Ntozake Shange

Illustrator: Edel Rodriguez

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1st edition (September 16, 2002)

ISBN-10: 0786805544

ISBN-13: 978-0786805549
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  1. Donna M. McDine said...

    What an interesting and inspring book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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