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A little boy named Clemente learns about his namesake, the great baseball player Roberto Clemente, in this joyful picture book biography.
Born in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente was the first Latin American player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the only player for whom the five-year initiation period was waived. Known not only for his exceptional baseball
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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I can see why this book won the 2011 Americas Award. Both the text and the pictures are beautiful. I loved the mixed media on each page, I spent a long time starting at each one. I had heard of Roberto Clemente and his baseball skills but this book opened my eyes to everything else. He played, and continues to play a large role in so many people's lives. He is such an excellent role model for Latino Americans for so many reasons- his strength, abilities, and, most importantly, his generosity.

GENRE: Biography, Multicultural Literature

AWARD: 2011 Americas Award


"But he never gave up, nunca abandono sueno, and they named bridges and schools after him, parks and pools after him." (p. 25)

I selected this quote because I feel that it promotes perseverance and gives beautiful imagery to the lasting legacy of Roberto Clemente. It makes readers stop and think about the lasting memorials our society has, such as parks, schools, and bridges and
Jenna Cohen
Clemente! by Willie Perdomo is a Monarch Award winning book and I can see why. The target audience would be children interested in sports (especially baseball) and Hispanic Americans. This book would make an excellent read-aloud to a bilingual class, or any class that has knowledge of both languages. The book has Spanish words sprinkled here and there. Most of the words would be understandable to English speakers through the use of context and/or cognates. I will be adding this book to my curric ...more
538am_Kelly O'Hara
A biography in picture book form, Clemente explains the life of Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente, the first Latin American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Children aged 7-9 will enjoy the story told by a child their own age who is a modern-day fan of Clemente and is named after him. The illustrations are complex paintings that support the subject matter. For example, in a picture showing him batting there are stars flying everywhere to show the power of his ba ...more
Audience: Primary
Genre: Realistic fiction, Biography
Quotation that promotes mental images: "He'll take out his baseball card collection and pull all his mint condition Clementes, and then he'll start calling Clemente, I mean really calling him, like he was trying to talk to the ghost of Roberto Clemente. Clemente! Clemente! It's us, !tu genre! Clemente! Clemente! Prince of the baseball diamante, Canon-arm Clemente, Puerto Rican prince Clemente, Hall-of-Fame Clemente."

Rationale: I chose this quot
L13F_Jana Wilkening
The illustrations in this book are just GORGEOUS! I spent a good 20 minutes just looking at the images before I even began reading the story. In this story, a young boy named Clemente shares information about his namesake Roberto Clemente. I learned so much about Roberto Clemente from this picture book. What an amazing man! I am going to use this book with my middle schoolers when we talk about biographies. This book presents incredible biographical information in such an engaging way. These are ...more
Sara Bowen
Audience: primary and/or intermediate
Genre: historical fiction
Quote that provided a mental image:
"Clemente! Clemente! It's us, tu gente! Clemente! Clemente! Prince of the baseball diamanté! Canon arm Clemente! Puerto Rican prince! Clemente!"

This book gives great mental images (as well as fantastic watercolor illustrations in the book) of the life of Roberto Clemente and the overwhelming greatness the fans felt for him (above). This is not just a man of greatness on the baseball field but also ou
Terri Skipworth
Title: Perdomo, W. (2010). Clemente!. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Co.

Citation by: Terri Skipworth

Type of Reference: Biography

Call number: B Cle

Grade level: Elementary

This book is a biography of Roberto Clemente, the first Latin American baseball player to be voted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Clemente was also known for his charitable work that he conducted over the years for Latin American countries. He died in a plane crash while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in N
Clemente! is one of my primary multicultural books.

This book is about a young boy who learns he is named after a famous baseball player, Roberto Clemente. The book goes on to tell about how Robert Clemente was the first Latin American baseball player to make it to the hall of fame. The book also describes Robert Clemente as a person who gave back and who was a great person on and off he field. Some of the lines in the book are written in English and Spanish.

Text-to-Self:This book reminds me of h
Harley Stine
Clemente! starts off with a little boy learning about where his name originated from. His father then tells him the story of a great baseball player, Roberto Clemente. Roberto Clemente had a long career with the Pittsburgh Pirates team. He informs his son that Clemente was the first Latino to be inducted in to the baseball hall of fame. He was a baseball player and philanthropist. Unfortunately he passed away in a plane crash flying to Nicaragua for charity work.

This book is great for talking a
Irina Ryabyy
Clemente is a biography that tells the story of the Latin American baseball player, Roberto Clemente, through a little boy who was named after him. It starts of by talking about Clemente’s fans and his importance in Puerto Rico. It briefly talks about his childhood, his stats and how he became the first Latin American player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the only player for whom the five-year initiation period was waived. Clemente was a beloved player not only in Puerto Rico ...more
Clemente, the biography picture book tells the story a young boy named Clemente after the great baseball player Roberto Clemente who came from Puerto Rico and was the first Latin American played and put in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The community did not only know Roberto Clemente for his talent in baseball, but also his service. Clemente unfortunately passed in plane crash while on his way to aid people who just experienced a big earthquake in Nicaragua.

The illustrations in this book are very
Alyssa Weber
Clemente! by Willie Perdomo is a biographical narrative that tells the story of Roberto Clemente, famous American baseball player. The book is slightly bilingual, adding a touch of Spanish, which I believe is a great tribute to Clemente's cultural background. I would recommend this book to readers ages 10-13, especially those who are avid sports fans. Willie Perdomo does a great job at emphasizing all the important facts of Roberto Clemente's life in this text and therefore making the book enjoy ...more
Sean Albright
1. Text to world- We can all benefit, worldwide, by knowing a bit more about who we are and where we come from. They’re not just interesting facts that we come across, but also a look into our culture and ancestry.
2. Remembering: What is the purpose behind the young boy researching Roberto Clemente?
Understanding: What does the boy find out aobut his name?
Applying: What can you tell me about your name?
Analyzing: What was the motive behind Clemente’s father urging him to read into his name?
Audience: Grade 1-3, baseball/sport lovers, Spanish teachers
Appeal: integrates Spanish language, poetic form, warmly shows parent-child bond, inspiring, watercolor and collage images

(2011 Americas Award Winner)
Edward Sullivan
An inspiring portrait of Clemente and a great introduction to his life and career. Collier's illustration are, as usual, stunning.
RLL 520 Sharonda
I loved the illustrations in this book, they were absolutely beautiful. I believe this would be a nice story for a first or second grade student. I wondered could girls get into this book as much as boys probably would? I listened to an audio version of the author reading the book while the illustrations showed.It was also very powerful to hear the author read the Spanish lines in the story. I also learned something to teach my students, now I can tell them how Clemente high school received its ...more
The boy in the story is named after Clemente. His parents tell him about his namesake. The family lives in The Bronx where Roberto Clemente was rey. His father is president of the greatest fans of Roberto Clemente club.

"He'll take out his baseball card collection
and pull all his mint condition Clementes,
and then he'll start calling Clemente,
I mean really calling him,
like he was try like he was trying to talk
to the ghost of Roberto Clemente."

"Clemente! Clemente!
It's us, tu gente!
Published in 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.
Interest Level: 4th-6th grade

This is a book about the baseball player Roberto Clemente and his effect on the identity of a family. The family portrayed in the book loves Roberto Clemente and in some ways idolizes him as a Hispanic baseball star. About 1/3 through the book the biography of Roberto Clemente begins and it covers most of his childhood and some of his adult life. At the end of the book, the family explains why the main character is named Clement
Mrs. Wynn
Hip-hop "Nuyorican" poet Willie Perdomo (like Roberto Clemente) has hit one out of the park. We all enjoyed learning about Roberto Clemente in this short fiction picture book. Rather than reading it aloud to my audiences, however, I chose to show the pictures as the author read it. You can find his reading here:

I did introduce Mr. Perdomo's background in young adult poetry (just as a mention), that he grew up in Spanish East Harlem (part of NYC), that his
Charles Kim
Grade/interest level: 3rd - 5th
Reading level: 3
Genre: Multicultural Literature; Biography

Main Characters: Roberto Clemente, Mom, Dad
Setting: United States
POV: from Clemente's parents to Clemente

Clemente! goes through the history of the baseball player Roberto Clemente and why the mom and dad named their son after Roberto Clemente. They describe their love for Clemente, but also his accomplishments as a baseball player. Not only that, they talk about his character as a man going through life wit
David Perilo
Audience: Clemente is a great easy read book for children in grades 3rd-6th. I think this audience would be ideal due to the beautiful illustrations and expressions throughout and the true story will always catch younger students.
Appeal: The illustrations are great, very nice details and expressions. I also feel that this being based on a real person gives students more of a real feel to reading it. Also the fact that it has some Spanish in the book to accommodate the English it is representing
Beautiful children's book that combines formal poetry, codeswitching, baseball history and dynamic watercolors into a read that can educate youth, serve as a study guide for elementary (well, really, any level) poetics and remind lovers of sports about a time when all you could change the world with just your sweat, bat, ball and glove.

I'm a big fan of Willie Perdomo's work and this book builds on the elements that draw me into his writing—respect for formalism, an ear for common language, and k
I absolutely loved this book! It is about the life of Roberto Clemente who is one of the greatest if the not the greatest baseball to ever live. The picture book shows the struggles and triumphs that Roberto faced through out his life and also goes into how his life ended tragically in a plane crash were he was going to deliver aid to earth quake victims in Nicaragua. This book should show children that everyone struggles and has hardships in their lives and that you have to prove people wrong a ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Naomi added it
Shelves: primary
Audience: Primary

Genre: Biography

Award: 2011 Americas Award

Text to Text Connection:
In this book a young boy is named after Roberto Clemente. He and his family are big fans of the baseball player. The young boy tells the story of Clemente's life. This book reminded me of Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman because both baseball players faced discrimination yet went on to play in the World Series and to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. They paved the way for other baseball players. These bo
David Johnson
Graphic novels are a very new genre for me. This is the first modern one I've read. I enjoyed this very much and learned much about Roberto Clemente the man, and his humble origins. I already knew a lot about the player as I was a big fan. I still can see a ball that Billy Williams hit off the top of the wall at Wrigley which he tried to stretch into a double except that Clemente retrieved the ball on one hop and threw Williams out at second by 15 feet. (One of several disappointments I've exper ...more
Sam Woods
This book is a good children's biography, which isn't written in a traditional biography style. This book is written in a style, which tells a story but uses actual biographical information. With this book I could ask my students to write about a time where they helped others and how they felt after they helped the other person(s).
Clemente is a terrific book about a young boy who is named after the Puerto Rican baseball hero, Roberto Clemente. The boy wonders why he is named Clemente, and so his parents explain it to him while also explaining who Roberto Clemente is and what a successful, determined person he was. It walks through Roberto Clemente's life while teaching life lessons that students can take with them. One of the focuses of this book is about standing up for what is right and fighting against what is wrong. T ...more
Clemente is a hero for my people. Any baseball fan knows of his talent behind the bat. Puerto Ricans also remember his compassion and humanity, which ultimately led to his death as he flew to help victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. This book serves as a nice introduction to children who might not be aware of his legacy.
I love the story of Roberto Clemente and the fact that there was more to him than just being a baseball star. He was a humanitarian and a hero to the Latino community. He was also proud of being Puerto Rican. He didn't downplay his heritage in the slightest.

As for this book, I was having some trouble with the on/off rhythm of the text. And I realize that this is a picture book, and the real focus of the book is about the boy named for Clemente, but I wish it could have gone a little more in-dept
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Willie Perdomo is the author Where a Nickel Costs a Dime and Smoking Lovely, which received a PEN America Beyond Margins Award. He has also been published in The New York Times Magazine and Bomb and his children's book, Visiting Langston, received a Coretta Scott King Honor. He is a NYFA Arts Fellowship winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, a Urban Artists Initiative/NYC grant recipient and was recently ...more
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