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Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold



Last updated Thursday, November 8, 2012

Author: Deloris Jordan
Illustrator: Barry Root
Date of Publication: 2012
ISBN: 1442412690
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2012

Synopsis: Long before he became a professional All-Star basketball player, Michael Jordan had dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal—and with dedication and perseverance, that’s exactly what he did. This heartwarming picture book, written by Michael’s mother and illustrated by Barry Root, gives a rare glimpse into a sports hero’s childhood and emphasizes the role that good values play in success. An ideal companion to the New York Times bestselling Salt in His Shoes and releasing in time for the 2012 Olympics, Dream Big is an inspiration to all.

Note to readers:
•  Make sure to read the last page -- it details Michael's inspiring journey
•  Note that the author is Michael's mother, Deloris Jordon (See inside front and back cover)

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you play any sports? Do you practice after school?
•  Did you watch the Olympics this summer? What was your favorite event?
•  Do you know who Michael Jordan is? Have you ever been to a basketball game? What's your favorite basketball team?

Vocabulary:
•  Pressure- a burdensome condition that makes someone anxious or worried, and sometimes gets hard to bear
•  Pointers- tips or advice from others for succeeding
•  Concentrate- to put all your focus on one particular task
•  Scrimmage- a friendly game with teammates or other teams that is not for competition.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How did Michael make his dream come true?
•  Did Michael give up when he didn't make his high school team?
•  Why does Michael's mom want him to do his homework before he plays basketball?
•  Do you ever imagine yourself playing on the U.S Olympic team? For what sport?
•  What would your team name be?

Craft ideas:
•  Design your own Olympic jersey with your name and favorite number.
•  Make trading cards of yourself or your favorite basketball player.
•  Make your own gold medals out of construction paper and yarn.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!