Allie's Basketball Dream
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Allie's Basketball Dream

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Ever since she saw her first game at Madison Square Garden. Allie's been hooked on basketball. And when her dad buys Allie her very own basketball, she can't wait to play But her confidence takes a tumble when the older boys at the neighborhood courts laugh at her first attempts. She tries to convince her girlfriends to play with her. ""My brother says basketballs a boy's...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Lee & Low Books (first published September 1996)
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CH - Marvin Childress
Author: Barbara E. Barber; Illustrated: Darryl Ligasan; Grade: 3-5
This is a story about Allie and her determination to fight for equality. It is a classic gender tale of boys vs. girls in sports. Allie is given a basketball by her father as a gift. She becomes fond of the ball and has always like the sport. She practices everyday and becomes quite good. She has dreams of becoming a professional women's player, but some boys tease her and attempt to convince her that being a girl, is justificatio...more
Kelsey Wilson
Allie's Basketball Dream was one of the top books I enjoyed reading. The genre of the book is fiction and I would recommend reading it for a 3rd grade level. It related to me personally because I used to LOVE playing basketball, however around the neighborhood I lived it, it was not the girl thing to do. Like Allie, I was picked on for not starting off as good as the boys were and many of the girls preferred to do other things such as hula hoop. However, she didn't give up. She continued to do w...more
Jessica P.
Allie's Basketball Dream was wonderful! It was about a young black girl (10ish?) who loved basketball. Her dad (who was prominent in her life- yay!) gave her a basketball for her birthday, and she finds she is not very good at it. She gets teased by everyone, mostly the boys, who tell her that she is no good because she's a girl. She keeps trying, with the encouragement of her dad, since she dreams of being a professional b-ball player for the WNBA. She even has a close friend (a white boy) who...more
Jennifer Amichia
Anything boys can do, girls can do better! Not really, but kind of. I love the female empowerment in this book as a young girl refuses to accept defeat due to her gender. She is passionate and determined through this text! This would be a great read for any female (or male) students who have been discouraged from participating in a sport or activity due to their gender. It could also serve as an activating strategy for a field day event or even written work on the students' dreams!
This book is a classic case of female roles versus male roles. Why can't Allie play professional basketball? I hate the fact that others' limit our abilities which sometimes can make us doubt our own capabilities. This is a wonderful book about self-empowerment, motivation, encouragement and really stepping out of the box and doing what you want to. I love Allie's self-determination and commitment to her dream. In the end, Allie scores the last shot and everyone cheers for her.
Tichina Fung-chung
Girl Power is expressed all throughout this book! It is a bout a little girl who loves basketball but is constantly put down because she is a girl. But that doesn't stop Allie one bit! Shes shows the boys that she can do anything they can do.....and maybe even better! I like this book because many young girls are faced with many self-esteem issues and this shows them they can do anything they put their mind to regardless of what society says. GIRL POWER! :-)
A lot of times we hear students talking about what they can and can't do based on their gender.I really like this book because it shows that despite what society expects what activities girls should participate in, Allie did what she liked which was playing basketball. This book can be used to have a discussion with students about the expected roles of male and female based on societies standards.
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