Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Clemente! by Willie Perdomo and Bryan Collier

Collier, Bryan and Perdomo, Willie Clemente! 32 p. Henry Holt and Co 2010. $16.99. PICTURE BOOK. Language - G; Sexual Content - G; Violence - G. Clemente knows he was named after someone special. His dad and uncle, as well as the whole community looks up to Roberto Walker Clemente, a famous Puerto Rican baseball player. The young boy, Clemente, tells facts about the baseball player and is very proud of him. Roberto Clemente is known for his incredible statistics, and even has a statue in the Hall of Fame. What he is most famous for though, is when he chose to fly to Nicaragua to help people who had lost their homes due to an earthquake. The plane was carrying too much food and clothes and crashed into the ocean. Roberto disappeared and his family mourned him. Roberto Clemente was someone who never gave up on his dream, and who went out of his way to help those less fortunate than himself. EL - ESSENTIAL. Anna Mattheus, Elementary Teacher.

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