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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.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
538am_Kelly O'Hara
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jenna Cohen
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
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
Steve Holden
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is another great example of a baseball biography in picture book form. The illustrations are beautiful. The information is presented simply enough for young children. Growing up in a baseball household, and quickly becoming an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, there wasn't a former opposing player spoken more fondly of by my father than Roberto Clemente. My dad is a huge fan of the game and loves the legends. Even in his telling of the legends to me and of his respect for their abilities, some fan ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
An inspiring portrait of Clemente and a great introduction to his life and career. Collier's illustration are, as usual, stunning.
Kayla Rhome
Plot Summary:
- “Clemente!” is a picture book biography by William Perdomo. This biography is about a young boy who learns his name is named after a famous major league baseball player named Roberto Clemente. The story tells the life of Roberto Clemente as a child, teenager, being drafted into the major leagues, getting married, becoming a father of three sons, and his tragic death. Roberto Clemente decided he wanted to help out with the earthquake that destroyed Nicaragua. On his flight over the
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
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 Nicar
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Harley Stine
Sep 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
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
Emily Benner
Plot summary: This picture book biography is about a great baseball player named Robert Clemente. The story is told by a young boy, named Clemente, who learns about why and how he got his name. His father and uncle were big Clemente fans and very proud that his name was Clemente. The way that the reader finds out information about Robert Clemente is by the boy reciting all of the information he knows about him, including his background information, baseball stats, facts, baseball team history, e ...more
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Alyssa Weber
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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
David Johnson
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 07, 2013 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
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Lidia Alarcon
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Awards: Américas Award (2011)

Appropriate grade level(s): 1 - 2

Summary: This story is about a boy named Clemente, after Roberto Clemente a famous baseball player. The story goes through all of Roberto Clemente’s achievements. Clemente is then reminded of why he was named after the great baseball player.

Review: I enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot about Roberto Clemente. I think this is a great book for children to learn another language since it has words in Spanish. I liked the illustra
James Potts
This story follows the baseball start Roberto Walker Clemente. It gives facts about the baseball player and shows how Clemente grew up. This biography allows students to become more informed on the baseball players life. It would be great for students to do a report on Roberto Clemente. It can interest students that like sports. It also shows students that it does not matter your ethnicity, you can still do anything as well as anyone else. It is a great story and very informational for student r ...more
Review coming shortly. Or perhaps not shortly. We'll see.

Reminds me of Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson
& like that, I think it'll hide in the poetry section and
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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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