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Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Marshall Taylor could ride his bike forward, backward, even perched on the handlebars. When his stunts landed him a job at the famous Indiana bike shop Hay and Willits, folks were amazed that a thirteen-year-old black boy in 1891 could be such a crackerjack cyclist.
How little Marshall Taylor -- through dedication, undeniable talent, and daring speed -- transformed himsel
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published December 30th 2003)
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Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Enjoyed reading this children's book to my older son. Beautiful illustrations and a compelling story, though it does not really do justice to the career of the great racer.
I am always happy to learn about something I had never heard of before. This story about "Major" Marshall Taylor is one of those things. Even though it's a children's book there was a lot of great information. Some of the things that happened later on in his life were rather sad but par for the course during those times and it nice to know that he is now being more recognized.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'd never heard of Major Taylor before this book (like many people, I suspect) but what a wonderful story.
At the turn of the 20th century, "Major" Marshall Taylor was the fastest cyclist in the world. In this picture book biography, Lesa Cline-Ransom and James E. Ransome recreate Taylor's journey from a bicycle shop stunt boy to a world champion who battled racism by winning races.

Major Taylor's name should be on any list of American sports heroes and notable African-Americans in history. Today a network of cycling clubs across the U.S. bear his name but few outside those groups know his story. This
Stephanie Croaning
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, picture-books
This is a biography of Marshall Taylor, from around age 13 to his early 20s. As a boy he taught himself bicycle tricks while cycling long country roads on his paper route. This love of cycling and his patience as a rider, enabled him to win a world championship title.

Major Taylor is one of the lesser-known black athletes who broke racial barriers in his sport. His story highlights how even though he was a champion, he faced racial prejudice, and had to overcome great odds to succeed.
Ms. Arca
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love the images and that a kid-accessible story about this amazing black cyclist exists. I still am in awe of all that he accomplished.

The text was a bit convoluted for younger students at times.

In a combination of luck, talent, patience, and hard work, Marshall Taylor became a cycling phenomenon around the turn of the twentieth century. Turned away from businesses for being black, other whites saw him as an investment opportunity and a worthy competitor.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars for this introduction to an amazing athlete
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
After hearing a piece on NPR about Major Taylor, I was pleased to find a children's biography about him. I think children will really connect with his story. And the illustrations are stunning.
Andrew Wells
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Plot Summary: A young boy named Marshall Taylor has a hidden talent. His talent is being able to ride a bike and do tricks on that bike. Marshall ends up racing with a bike that he receives from a job. He overcomes the racial injustice and becomes a legend. Major Taylor they called him. Taylor ends up winning many races nationally and wins the hearts of many fans.

This story meets the criteria for a good piece of literature, there is a good plot, setting , and theme. The subject of this novel is
CH - Marvin Childress
Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome; Illustrated: James E Ransome; Grade: 3-5
This is a picture biography about Marshall "Major" Taylor, the first African American athlete to become a World Champion. The story chronicles his humble beginnings as a youth who loved to ride bicycles, throughout his life and ends with his 1899 victory of the one-mile track cycling championship.

I had mixed views of this book. It definitely is a period book, but the period is a bit hard to take. There is nothing out of the ordi
April Castle
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This book shows a different perspective about a bicyclist. An African American had to defeat the racism when he raced with all white cyclists. Marshall Taylor was dedicated at becoming the best cyclist. He ended up beating a French bicyclist and earned his title of the fastest African American bicyclist. A good book to show the conflict with racism and defeating the odds with determination.

cyclist, African American, determination

Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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good coverage of Major Taylor's biography considering the target age group...
stunning illustrations.
I will be reading the grownup biography (s) in the future then will be able to compare the facts.
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