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Jump!: From the Life of Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan was once just an ordinary little boy growing up in a North Carolina suburb, trying to keep up with his older brother Larry. Michael was always good at sports, but it seemed like Larry was always going to be bigger, quicker, and luckier. But Michael never gave up, and his practicing began to pay off. Then one summer day during a backyard game of one-on-one, L ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 21st 2004 by Philomel Books
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L13_Allison Safran
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Jump! From the Life of Michael" is a beautiful biography in the form of a picture book, starring Michael Jordan. The book is told in a narrative form, and gives the reader a lot of background knowledge about Michael Jordan's life as he grew up. The story told about Michael's family, his trouble making the basketball team when he was young, and how he was determined to become the greatest basketball player of all time. My favorite part of the story was when it had a page that opened up and had e ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Even for a sports non-fan like me, I knew who Michael Jordan was and saw how people seemed to gravitate to him. His game really enthralled people and this picture book is a great story to share what it took for him to get to the top of his game!
I didn't know that Michael Jordan didn't make the cut when he tried out for his high school varsity basketball team. His persistence, his JV coach, attending basketball camp, and his love for the game with his brother, Larry, give me a whole new understanding of being "like Mike."
Nicole Thomas
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jump!: From the Life of Michael Jordan is a biography written by Floyd Cooper. This story tells the life events of a young boy named Michael who lived in North Carolina. Michael was one of five kids in his family. He mostly looked up to his older brother named Larry. Michael was a super energetic and bouncy. This story tells about how Michael's family were all very close and they even built their house all together. When Michael was in school he was friends with all different people but his best ...more
May 06, 2014 added it
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This is a biographical picture book about Michael Jordan’s younger years (prior to going to college) in North Carolina; about him growing up in a close-knit family. All five Jordan kids were athletic, but Michael worked hardest to compete with his older brother Larry. He set his mind to become better than his brother at basketball by playing more often: in his back yard, at the local park, and special one-on-one coaching sessions with the High School Varsity coach, when he was only a Junior Vars ...more
Brooklyn May
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For my Autobiographical/ Biographical piece, I chose 'Jump' by Floyd Cooper. This is a biography of Michael Jordan. A biography is something that is written about someone by someone who has done tedious research about that person's life. 'Jump' shows basketball player Michael Jordan's life beginning in childhood. From his humble beginnings in North Carolina, to his living in his brother's shadow, Michael Jordan had a long road to the NBA. This book shows that not everyone believed in him from th ...more
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Michael Jordan was once just an ordinary little boy growing up in a North Carolina suburb, trying to keep up with his older brother Larry. Michael was always good at sports, but it seemed like Larry was always going to be bigger, quicker, and luckier. But Michael never gave up, and his practicing began to pay off. Then one summer day during a backyard game of one-on-one, Larry Jordan's "little" brother took him--and the whole family--by surprise!
Based on actual events, this story of a f
Katie Petrie
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this Biography told by Floyd Cooper is follows the life of Michael Jordan and his journey to becoming a pro basketball player. Cooper retells the story of Michael Jordan's childhood and young adult life in an interactive and entertaining way that pulls readers in.

Within the text of the book Cooper does a good job of telling all of Michael's key life events in a chronological sequence. This helps readers to follow along and comprehend the story easier. Additionally, the text incorporates the
Adora Fahrenbruch
Let's be honest. Who hasn't heard of Michael Jordan? I think everyone knows him for the basketball star. However, not many people know how he got to be the star we know today. Jump!: From the Life of Michael Jordan is a biography written by Floyd Cooper. This book includes small yet important details on the life of Michael Jordan and the experiences with his older brother Larry whom Michael always thought was better at everything. That was until, Michaels father put a basketball hoop in the back ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jump! From the Life of Michael Jordan by Floyd Cooper is a great book written about the adventures of Michael Jordan as a young boy. It shares bits of Michael's life that fans may not have known. Cooper writes of Michaels life in North Carolina growing up. He discusses his sibling rivalry with his brother. He even shares a silly way Michael used to attempt to grow taller. This book is great for readers interested in sports, specifically fans of basketball and Michael Jordan.

This book can be clas
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Genre: creative nonfiction; biography; picture book
Topic: the early life of Michael Jordan
Theme: perseverance, determination, ambition
Illustrations: The illustrations are monochromatic. They are not highly supportive of the text but they do illustrate the story well.
Reading Level: Transitional
Use: Read aloud; independent reading


Jump is the biography of Michael Jordan, focusing on his childhood. It details the basketball competition between him and his older brother, Larry.
Tracy Holland
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Perseverance and determination are the themes of this story about Young Michael Jordan. The author recounts the life of Michael leading prior to his becoming "Air Jordan." Depicting how Michael as a rather rambunctious child, Michael learned to channel his energy and restlessness into the sport he loved. He used his feeling of inferiority in height to his older brother Larry, Michael spent hours practicing and focusing on becoming better and better at sports, finally settling on basketball as hi ...more
Katie Jackson
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Michael was always in trouble when he was younger. Michael found something he enjoyed, basketball. He began to play with high school players when he was in middle school and became better and better. In high school Michael tried out for the varsity team but his coached put him on the J.V team. By playing against better players, Michael became so good that he moved on to play in the NBA. I also like how the book added a biography note in the back of the book.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Biography. Great biography from the life of Michael Jordan! This tells about Micheal's life growing up with his older brother Larry in North Carolina. Larry was always bigger, better and faster than Michael, but that did not stop Micheal - he kept practicing! Finally, Michael was able to beat his brother in basketball. This is a great biography teachers can use in class for research for famous Black Americans. The illustrations in this book are amazing!!
Sandy Brehl
This tall format picture book includes a fold up page at the critical point at which MIchael is finally able to best (out jump) big brother Larry. The expressions, perspectives, muted tones, and action-packed images combine with well-researched text (and back matter) to tell the story of Michael Jordan before he was known world-wide.
A cute story from the life of Michael Jordon, describing how playing against his brother Larry inspired him to persevere and become better at the game. I also liked it because it was a good sportsmanship story - t emphasizes that when Michael didn't win, he still had fun with Larry. This would make a good readaloud for a primary classroom.
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
PB 39: This book is perfect for boys. They look up to Michael Jordan and they love sports. It tells all about Michael Jordan and how his life was. I will have this book in my class because i need to find books that attract boys attention.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved that it showed Michael Jordan as hard-working. He practiced and practiced and practiced to become the player he is known as.
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Marissa Morrison
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This fabulous tells the story of how young Michael Jordan worked hard (seriously, *really* hard!) to become the best.
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Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey In Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard Of A Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. In 1984 he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons.

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