Deloris Jordan & Barry Root
Simon & Schuster, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
he third children's picture book authored by Michael Jordan's mother, this story for children four years of age and older tells of young Michael's supposed desire to one day play basketball in the Olympics.
he inspiration that piqued the young boy's desire was the finals game played in 1972 in the Munich Games where the U.S. lost the gold by a single point, 51-50, to a team from the Soviet Union.
I am going to be an Olympic champion,
' young Jordan, a nine year old at the time, tells his mother after he views the loss.
er reply to the young dreamer - '
It's one thing to want to play in the Olympics, Michael. It's another thing to do something about it.
f course, we know that in 1984 Jordan was a member of the gold winning basketball team at the Los Angeles Summer games. So he achieved his dream and, if you accept the story's premise, it was the reward for hard work and determination. So be it!
lthough this is an innocuous picture book with a time-worn message, it also is obviously an attempt to take advantage of the Olympic Games unfolding in London this summer. I would have thought the two previous books about her son would have been enough but apparently not!
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