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Henry Aaron's Dream Reviews

"This picture book pays homage to Aaron's strength of character and determination to play major league baseball.... Well-written text and brilliantly composed art highlight the poignancy and triumph in Aaron's story. This rousing tribute should resonate with a wide audience."
*School Library Journal (starred review)

"A multi-layered treat. On one level it is an account of one of the most amazing hitters to ever play baseball, but it is also a valiant story of hope, resilience, perseverance, and love. The author paints a rich history lesson cloaked in sports."
*Library Media Connection (starred review)

"The author illustrates his powerful words with extraordinary, heroic images: Muscular watercolor, ink and pencil pictures put readers right in the scene, often looking up at Aaron. Very fine."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Tavares' color illustrations are as clear, exciting and moving as his prose."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"Not only is this a great baseball story with stunning illustrations (the Caldecott committee better sit up and take notice), but the story is rich with accurate history and a tender message to follow your heart and dreams. Each painted page tells a story all on its own. The author's note, stats page, and bibliography make this a winner."
-Susan Capaldi, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI

"Many young readers do have some sense that major league baseball once had a color barrier and Jackie Robinson is the name they associate with breaking it. That image of a "barrier" broken, however, often gives them a sense that everything changed in 1947. It didn't, and Tavares' look at Henry Aaron's career carefully makes that point.... One of the strongest images is of Aaron and the two other black players on the Jacksonville Class A team the year they finished first in their league. The white folks are partying in the restaurant; Aaron and the others are eating in the kitchen, surrounded by proudly beaming black kitchen staff. Memorable images of a memorable man."
-The Baltimore Sun

"Tavares' vibrant artwork brings viewers into dingy dugouts, on cramped busses, and into the dust of the diamond as Aaron works his way into history.... The home run record may have been stolen, but books like this ensure that Aaron's legacy remains intact."

"We know Hank Aaron as a home-run king, as a leader, as the best baseball player Milwaukee ever saw - both as a Brave and as a Brewer. But sometimes we forget that, once upon a time, he was a kid with a dream. Matt Tavares didn't. His new children's book, Henry Aaron's Dream, tells the story of a young boy in Mobile, Ala., growing up in a world of segregation and exclusion, whose dreams of playing big-league basball seem dim until Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in 1947. But that doesn't mean the rest of the trip is easy. Tavares' soft, warm illustrations carture the heart and silent determination of Aaron's story, in a way that's accessible to readers of all ages."
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"A compelling biography of Aaron's early years... a nicely done homage to an all-time great."
-Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"The book is as much about Henry Aaron's dream as it is about baseball in America in the 1940s and '50s, with "whites only" baseball diamonds and separate sections at games for "colored". This book is about how Aaron remained focused on the ball-- and his dream."
-The Washington Post

"Tavares tells his story in a straightforward fashion that places young Aaron's dreams in the historical context of a racist society heading for change in the sports field, thanks to the bravery of one Jackie Robinson. Tavares's illustrations - in watercolor, ink and pencil - capture the warmth and support of the black community, and the determination of figures like Robinson and Aaron to transcend racial stereotypes. The result is a picture book not only suited to history classes, but an inspiration to children of all backgrounds to do the best they can and to follow their dreams."
-Montreal Gazette

"Tavares' Zachary's Ball is a children's classic. Now Henry Aaron's Dream is a masterpiece of a children's book."
-Peter Gammons, Hall of Fame baseball writer, NESN and MLB Network

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HENRY AARON'S DREAM. Copyright © 2010 Matt Tavares. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.