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Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Olympic dreams come true in this inspiring picture book from Michael Jordan’s mother, author of the New York Times bestselling Salt in His Shoes.

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,
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Takee Jobe
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold byDeloris Jordan is a children’s biography. This book is written by Michael Jordan’s mother, as she narrates his childhood dream of one day becoming a professional basketball player in the Olympics. While Michaels’ friends aspired be an astronaut or pilot, he had dreams of becoming professional basketball player. Just like many young aspiring basketball stars, Jordan’s’ love for basketball is highlighted in illustrations of him as he “ ...more
Mario Flores
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Elementary and Middle school-aged children
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Gwendolyn Harris
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is written by Michael Jordan's mother about her basketball star son, Michael. This would be a good book to read to class to give the boys something they are really interested in. I feel like sometimes it's hard for the boys to get engaged in a book but most boys love sports and basketball so they would love this story! I bet the boys would be asking questions left and right and begin to tell you their dreams of playing sports. It's good for them to hear about a famous star they look up ...more
Jenese Wilson
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 30-own-choice
This was a cute book about Michael Jordan dreaming of playing in the Olympics when he was younger. You get to read the story of how Michael has this dream goal and works hard so he could accomplish his goal. With support from his family and a lot of practice, Michael was finally able to do what he dreamed about: playing in the Olympics and winning a gold medal.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Second-favorite Michael Jordan picture book. Written by Jordan’s mother, the book has a pretty patriotic feel as it follows his path to the Dream Team and Olympic gold.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice basic story of Michael Jordan's life. Discusses how he reached his goal to play basketball for the USA Olympic team. Nice watercolor illustrations. Recommended for Grades K-2.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Laura Weakland
Good for Notice and Note signposts - words of the wiser.
Beth Maline
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is going to my son (33) who adores Michael Jordan (actually, he thinks he IS Michael Jordan...a notion I have tried to dissuade him of, but he disagrees!!!) Written by Michael Jordan's mother, Deloris, it is intended to be inspirational for children, and tells the tale of a young Michael who got the Olympic 'bug' at age 9, and worked hard to achieve his dream of playing on the Olympic basketball team (a goal he achieved in 1984). The artwork in this book is simple, and the story is ...more
Laura Simon
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: simonbookshelf
This book follows Michael Jordan through his journey to becoming an Olympic basketball player. It starts off with Jordan’s grade school days. School was always very important to him, but basketball was always on his mind. He took his basketball with him everywhere, and he played every day after school with his friends. When he thought about what he wanted to be when he grew up, he knew he wanted to be a basketball player. Michael was pushed by his mother to do well in school. She also told ...more
Nicole Hibbert
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Summary: In this story we learn about Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Jordan’s dream of playing basketball. We learn when his dream started and how very hard he worked to make his dream true! Even when Michael was cut from his high school team he pressed on to be even bigger and better and earn that gold medal.

Audience: This book is for students with a dream.

Appeal: This book was meant for children who have a dream in mind. In this book we learn how to make those dreams come true.

Alex Beteta
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book goes through the story of Michael Jordan as a child. It starts with Michael just playing basketball all day everyday. Eventaully he decides to join an actual basketball team. Then proceeds to tell his mother that he will play on the olympic team when he gets older. Michael also gets the opportunity to play on his older brothers basketball team. The book ends with telling about how Michael Jordan did make the olympic team and becomes one of the best basketball players to ever live. The ...more
I thought the message behind this book was nothing short of amazing. This book is about Michael Jordan's road towards making the Olympics team. He knew it was a dream and he worked towards it, good or bad. This shows that no matter what, you should always dream big and strive for the highest goal. I think this is a good story for anyone to read, especially 2nd through 4th grade where kids tend to have huge dreams and goals for their life, whether they're realistic or not. I think it's perfect ...more
Emily Hilkemann
Young Michael Jordan loved basketball, but most of all he dreamed of playing basketball in the Olympics. His mom told him that he could not just dream about playing in the Olympics, he also had to work hard and do something about his dream. And he did. He ended up playing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. I would recommend this book for kids in second or third grade. It tells the kids that they can dream big, but they also have to take some action and do something about those dreams. This book ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Dream Big is the story of Michael Jordan's childhood. Michael Jordan's love for basketball is expressed throughout the book along with every day life scenarios that children face including his friends, siblings, and family. Some of Michael's struggles are brought to light and the compassion and determination prove to be much stronger than the let downs he faced along the way to success.

Dream Big is a great book to read to students about Michael Jordan. He is seen as an idol because he was
Describing how nine-year-old Michael Jordan put work behind his dreams of playing basketball in the Olympics, this picture book reminds readers that dreaming alone is not enough to accomplish those dreams. The great basketball player's mother captures her son's personality and determination perfectly here as well as making sure that he prioritizes, putting school and homework first. The watercolor and gouache illustrations feature lots of movement and action while also showing the expressive ...more
A sweet book based on a well-known icon. Sometimes the writing was a little slow or blah, but the message if dreaming and working toward your dream was ever present. It wasn't until I finished the book that I looked at who the author was. Michael's mother. Who better to know how he worked on that dream as a child? I thought that pretty neat. I liked the illustrations. They gave me a sense of warmth and encouragement--exactly what one needs when being prodded to fulfill your dreams.

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May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Michael Jordan's mother offers her perspective on Michael Jordan's athletic success in this lengthy picture book. Her emphasis on "homework first!" felt a bit didactic, and seeing his Olympic dream far outweigh thoughts of a pro-basketball career seemed a little artificial, but no matter. Michael Jordan fans, kids looking for sports books will gobble this one up. With the Olympics around the corner, and this summer's library reading theme of "Dream Big" this is sure to garner plenty of ...more
Kathy Ellen Davis
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I liked this book, really, I did.
I thought it showed how Michael followed his dream,
but, somehow, I just didn't get sucked in.
I didn't feel close to it in the way that I wanted to.
It was still a good story, but I felt a little removed. I don't know why.

The illustrations are awesome and I like how it shows a CHILD gearing up for a dream. I think it's very important to let children know that they can work up to their dream.

Haiku Review:
Basketball is life
and Michael plays when he can
a winning
Great Books
May 03, 2012 added it
Shelves: ages-5-8
Basketball legend Michael Jordan was once a young dreamer. He "played, dreamed and lived basketball" and caught Olympic Fever watching the United States play, but ultimately lose, an Olympic match-up. He was determined to be an Olympian and his hard work payed off. A vibrantly illustrated true story of perservance and pride for the athlete in all of us!

Reviewer 2
I was impressed by this story of Michael's childhood ambitions for Olympic Gold, written by his mother, Deloris Jordan.

Read the rest of my review at The Very Hungry Bookworm Blog

Tim Vandenberg
Average art. Cliche "work hard and you might be great one day" storyline. Very predictable. Nothing uniquely insightful about Michael Jorndan's home life as a youngster (shocking, since his own mother wrote this!). Utterly bland, even for a basketball fan.

Not recommended.
Zinnada Hodges
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: School Teachers & Parents
This was a nice book telling us the story of former basketball star Michael Jordan's dream to play in the Olympics. This is a nice book that can teach and inspire kids to learn the value of working hard to achieve your dreams.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story of Michael Jordan as a kid, written by his mother, is terrific because you really feel how importance of hard work to achieve goals. Making choices, determination, and the necessity of guidance are demonstrated messages that young kids will benefit from hearing, seeing, and living.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I think this would be a good book to give to a lower elementary reluctant reader who loves sports. And there are lots of those! There's not a lot of meat, but it could be inspiring and encouraging for kids with similar dreams.
This reads like a picture book. About Michael Jordan's early life and his dream of making it to the Olympics. it is good if you're looking for a book about reaching your goal and working hard. Good inspirational book.
Colorado Buck
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-picture
awesome background story into how Michael Jordan became Michael Jordan - a great look at not giving up and pursuing your goals!
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
This was a pretty good book. I like that it shows that Michael Jordan had a lot of determination and practiced quiet a bit. I did feel though, that the book ended abruptly.
Burbank Library Children's Department
An inspirational picture book (written by his mother) about a young Michael Jordan and his dedication to his dream, to become an Olympic athlete.

AR 3.7
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insight into the dreams that eventually came true for Michael Jordan.
This book is written by his mother.

Dream big and work hard.
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