Michael Lausche's Reviews > A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
This picture book is about the legendary "Joe Louis", and the story of how he became what he was known for. As a child, he did not speak until the age of six, and was disposed for how he talked, as well as the words that came flowing out of this mouth. What did strike notice about him though, was his massive hands. He knew one day that they would be put to use in fighting, and trained until the time came where he must face the biggest challenge of his life. This is where the book takes a complex turn, describing not only who Louis was going to face (Max Schmeling), but what the country was enduring as well. WWII was going on at the time, and America was hurting. Not only did racial discriminations bring a desire of a hero for the African American society, but for all people of America. The United States as a whole needed someone to make a statement, and Joe Louis was the man to do it. The illustrations of this book are phenomenal, giving the reader rich history of the boxing legend's figure, training exercise, triumphs and victories, and the setting in which the boxing took place at. My favorite illustration, is of young Louis watching older men spar and getting in his own practice. He would be found punching heavy bags and skipping rope. I highly recommend this book for children ages 2nd-3rd, because of the text complexity. There should be some brief background of U.S. history and World history before reading this book.
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