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Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates

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On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced until--eventually--he made it to the Major Leagues. America! As a right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he fought tough opponents--and even tougher racism--but with his unreal catches and swift feet, he earned hi ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published February 8th 2005)
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S10_Abby
Jul 11, 2010 S10_Abby rated it really liked it
Shelves: latino
Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates tells the story of Roberto Clemente from his poor upbringing in Puerto Rico to being arguably the best all-around baseball player of his time. Skimming over his childhood, Winters describes Clemente’s career in Pittsburgh as one of great success, winning the World Series twice, but also of a battle of trying to garner respect from the media and from baseball fans across America. People criticized him for being lazy and made fun of his accent unti ...more
Tate
Sep 23, 2016 Tate added it
Roberto Clemente is a baseball player. He was a very good base ball player, but he is not only know as a good baseball player he was known as a hero off of the field. He was a boy when he first saw a game of baseball at first sight he new that it was the game of his heart. He did not just have baseball on his mind at all times, he always had been thinking of helping others. As Roberto was growing up he was natural good at baseball and he loved it as much as he had when he had seen it the first t ...more
Dixie Keyes
Feb 26, 2015 Dixie Keyes rated it it was amazing
"If you don't try as hard as you can, you are wasting your life." In this biographical picture book, readers learn this mantra from the life of Roberto Clemente. Of course, I had always heard of him, but I never knew details about him since I am not a huge fan of baseball.

I'm fortunate to have read this book, with beautiful illustrations from Raul Colon. Clemente's narrative of becoming a Pittsburgh Pirate was just one portion of a life devoted to being better, to helping others and to being a r
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Cathy
On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced until--eventually--he made it to the Major Leagues. America! As a right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he fought tough opponents--and even tougher racism--but with his unreal catches and swift feet, he earned his nickname, "The Great One." He led the Pirates to two World Series, hit 3,000 hits, and was the first Latino to be inducted ...more
Genaye Parodi
Jun 08, 2014 Genaye Parodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a beautiful story about the life of Roberto Clemente. This book is very inspirational, especially for Hispanic students. They can one day see themselves achieving success through hard work and dedication. The story summarizes his life from when he was a young boy in Puerto Rico to his final days before his death. The book also has beautiful pictures that tell the story as well. I like that it explains how he was very poor growing up and made his first bat from a guava tre ...more
Tatiana
Summary: On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced until--eventually--he made it to the Major Leagues in America and joined the Pittsburgh Pirates. Though he fought tough opponents--and even tougher racism--with his unreal catches and swift feet, Clemente earned his nickname, "The Great One." Clemente led the Pirates to two World Series, hit 3,000 hits, and was the first Latino to ...more
A_Olga
This story depicts the life and times of Roberto Clemente. In spite of growing up extremely poor he had a great personality and a passion for baseball.
He was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico. Where he played baseball with his friends using bottle caps and a stick.
This multicultural book tells of Roberto's struggles as a minority in Pittsburgh and trying to make his way in baseball. He had to work hard to earn the respect of the media, his fans and his fellow team mates. The media wou
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Timons Esaias
Jan 19, 2016 Timons Esaias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wife, a bigger baseball fan than I, growing up, bought me this book as a present. Yes, I admire a good picture book. She got it for me because Clemente is one of my favorite players, and one of my fond baseball memories is watching him dribble the baseball out to right field, in Forbes Stadium. Yes, the ground was that hard.

The text is simple, and lovingly told. Suitable for the young baseball fan, or pre-fan. Suitable for anyone being raised to be a citizen of the Republic.
Barbara
This partial biography about the great baseball champion and humanitarian Roberto Clemente focuses mostly on his time as a player for the Pittsburg Pirates. There isn't a lot of information provided about his formative years, but clearly, Puerto Rico, his home, would always mean a great deal to him, and he often spent his free time there. Baseball fans will already know that he had more than 3,000 hits during his career, an accomplishment about which only a few professional players can boast. Re ...more
David Freudenburg
May 09, 2016 David Freudenburg rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a nice summary of the life and character of this great man. The story tends to focus on the racial prejudice he experienced and how he overcame it with enormous skill and a principled life. The illustrations are beautiful, clever, and informative.
Cheryl
Very soft watercolor illustrations accompany the interesting text. Also contains author's notes.
Ch_katiemcginnis
Mar 20, 2010 Ch_katiemcginnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
Jonah Winter's engaging picture book on the life of legendary baseball player, Roberto Clemente, is one that students will respond to positively. Coincidentally the illustrator, Rual Colon, witnessed Clemente in action in his native Puerto Rico when he was a young boy. Colon combines color and black and white illustrations to bring Clemente's life in Puerto Rico and the U.S. alive. This insiprational story will resonate with young boys and girls and can be used during a biography unit, hispanic ...more
Lisa Ford
Apr 06, 2008 Lisa Ford rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 2nd grade and up
Recommended to Lisa by: notable
For those who are baseball fans and those who might not be--I think both will enjoy this book. Clemente was a poor kid from Puerto Rico, who played baseball with a homemade bat from a guava tree branch, a glove made from a coffee bean sack and empty soup cans for balls. When he was drafted by Pittsburgh, no one knew who he was and he faced alot of prejudice in America--but he always did his best. It is an inspiring book. It's written in a poetic style--not rhyming but maybe you'd call it prose. ...more
Sulimon Rhamatazada
Oct 22, 2015 Sulimon Rhamatazada rated it it was amazing
IT A REALLY NICE BOOK
Nayira
Feb 19, 2015 Nayira rated it it was ok
Nice summer read.
Brittany L.
Sep 07, 2008 Brittany L. rated it really liked it
This is a book I would recommend to any young baseball enthusiast. It is a children's biography about the life of Pittsburgh Pirates’ Roberto Clemente. Not only does this biography give the reader a glimpse of his life, but it inspires readers to try as hard as they can. "If you don't try as hard as you can," he said, "you are wasting your life." This is a wonderful story!
Brian Cave
This is a biography over the life of the most famous baseball player ever for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente. Clemente grew up a poor young man, dreaming of making the big leagues. He accomplished his goal, and did so much more for people after his career in baseball was over. He played a huge role in helping the lives of so many others.
Beth
Apr 28, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Clemente came into the last place Pittsburgh Pirates and helped them conquer the New York Yankees. (Now, who can help the Pirates do that at this moment?)
His talent and good heart lives on in the steel city.
The book has both color and black and white illustrations reminiscent of newspaper clippings.
Peggy
Dec 16, 2009 Peggy rated it it was amazing
My son's grandma gave this book to him. They are both huge baseball fans and Roberto Clemente is her hero. It's a wonderful book, and perfect as a gift. The artwork is beautiful and the story is well-done. It's a great, inspirational biography for first-fourth graders to enjoy.
Catherine
Dec 31, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it
I admit to buying this book because of the pictures. However the story is also well told. I'd never heard of Roberto Clemente before, but I'm not much of a sports fan. This story shows the battles he fought because of his ethnicity and the good he did in our world.
Jessica
Jan 11, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Read to 2nd graders when learning about biographies. Kids didn't see the ending coming and it took them by surprise. Many boys exclaimed, "I want his baseball card!" Judging by kid reaction alone I'd say the book was a success.
Mouse Denehy
Dec 10, 2013 Mouse Denehy rated it liked it
Baseball, Puerto Rico and the Pirates! The language of the book is simple and easy to follow, the illustrations are fantastic with their rough and sketchy feeling. The shift of monotone to color really moves the story along.
Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
I read this book often to my kids. All three of them love it, even though it's a sad story, and I tend to get teary eyed through parts of it. Sad no one has rated the e-book version until now.
Rachel Dalton
This is a book that baseball lovers are sure to enjoy reading. To be a short picture book, it actually has a ton of information about the respectable life of Roberto Clemente.
kiki Jones
Jul 14, 2010 kiki Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story of the famous baseball player showing multiculturalism in the classroom and recognizing the contributions of those from other countries to America.
Beth
May 13, 2008 Beth rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this one from the library. I might have to buy it. My sons need to grow up reading stories about heroes, and Clemente definitely is one of mine.
Shauna
Sep 23, 2013 Shauna rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Picture book biography. Roberto dies at the end...great book to use during baseball season, talk like a pirate day and to talk about Latinos.
Erin
Read to Second Graders studying biographies. What a beautiful book- and I mean that for the prose and the illustrations.
Ryan
Jun 25, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it
My son loves this book. A great read for little ones, it includes a little spanish, some class struggle, and baseball.
Clarissa
Jun 17, 2015 Clarissa rated it it was amazing
this was a gret book i keep reading i love this book and mexicans like me should not be judge
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