Thursday, June 9, 2016

On Shelves Now: MUHAMMAD ALI: THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPION by Walter Dean Myers

40 p.
Publisher: Amistad
Ages: 4 to 8

“When Cassius Clay emerged in the early sixties, he touched two vital areas of black life: he was the absolute personification of “black is beautiful!” and he brought a new meaning to the idea of Black Power, not only in his ring victories but in his amazing personal courage. He was beautiful and powerful without making that beauty and power antiwhite. Clay, and later Ali, was not only a black hero but, with his humor and antiwar stance, a hero for young white Americans as well.”—Walter Dean Myers

In this celebrated picture-book biography, now in paperback, acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers recounts Muhammad Ali’s most famous fights and examines the depth and complexity of the larger-than-life legend and heavyweight champion of the world. 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.”

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