Muhammad Ali

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 18 Mar 2019

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At this point, I’ve written so many reviews for the Little People, Big Dreams series that I feel like I’m always saying the same thing, but the truth is, they are consistently wonderful! 

In this addition, Muhammad Ali, we learn about Cassius Clay, a little boy who learned to fight when his bike was stolen. He wasn’t the strongest fighter in the ring, but he was certainly the fastest, and all of his hard work led him to a gold medal in the Olympics and four heavyweight championships! However, Muhammad Ali was more than a world-class boxer, he was also an activist and a humanitarian who used his place of privilege to speak for those with smaller voices. Muhammad Ali was a good and faithful man who made the most out of his life.

You really can’t lose with any book in this series.
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Muhammad Ali is another book in the "Little people. BIG DREAMS" series, and I think this is one of my favourite books in said series. 
I don't care much for sports, and while I knew Muhammad Ali was a boxer, my knowledge stopped there. 
This book did wonderfully in introducing him, and it piqued my interest. 
While all the illustrations in this series are amazing, the illustrations in Muhammad Ali are my favourites! 
Even if you aren't that into sports, this book is well worth the read, as it shows that through determination and hard work, you can achive your dreams. 
It also shows that sometimes you have to stand by your beliefs, even if most people disagree with you.
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This is another great book to add to the Little People, Big Dreams collection!

I love this series as they are perfect introductions to young people about some of the most famous and influential people from our past. 

4 stars from me for this one, very highly recommended and can't wait for my daughter to get involved in the series!!
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Again, the Little People, Big Dreams is a MUST have for your children! They will learn a lot and enjoy learning!
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Another great book in this series talking not only about Muhammad Ali's boxing career, but about everything else he did and stand for. Very colorful and entertaining illustrations.
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Muhammad Ali by Isabel Sanchez Vegara is part of the Little People, Big Dreams series that looks at famous people and how they made a difference in the world. We follow young Cassius Clay as he determines to become strong to take on bullies. A punk thief had stolen his bike. He didn't want to feel powerless, so he took up boxing and found he had a knack for it. He would go on to win several championships, take a stand against war, and become a strong advocate for the disenfranchised. The end of the book has a more detailed timeline of his life, written more for older readers. I read this with my cubs. They love this series. Highly recommended!

***Many thanks to Netgalley & Quarto Publishing for providing an ecopy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Muhammad Ali is a person who has always fascinated me. I have seen movies, clips of his fights, read about him and actually met him at an event. This little book geared to children and part of the Little People, Big Dreams series is a winner. This book shares one of the greatest athletes of all time with children who would have been born after his death. Born Cassius Clay in a time when Black Americans were treated extremely poorly, he became a spokesperson for his race. One of the things he was well-known for was his poetry trash talk. His most famous saying was "I float like a butterfly, and stink like a bee - his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”" and the page illustrating that was wonderful. This book not only shares his dream and perseverance, but his beliefs and the importance of sticking to them, even when faced with something he didn't want to see happen. I love the way these books are illustrated. The bold, vivid colours give the quirky illustrations life. Another book i recommend to public and school libraries.
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I adore this series - such a fantastic way to introduce history and spark further discussion and learning!
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This was a nice introduction to Muhammad Ali.  It is both a timeline, but also information that could get a child interested in learning more. One thing this book really has going for it is the illustrations.  They are much different than most of the books in the Little People Big Dreams series.  They are more cartoonish, almost “Simpson”-ish, with bubble people and bright colors.  It really stood out.
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Some public figure's lives are difficult to sum up in a kid friendly way. That achievement alone makes this book an impressive feat. The reader learns that some things are hard work, some things are worth fighting for. And sometimes that has costs. Ali was stripped of titles. He lost his reputation. But he still stood. We learn the value of defiance., standing on your beliefs.
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Muhammad Ali, written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Brosmind is an inspiring addition to Frances Lincoln Children's Books’ Little People, BIG DREAMS series. The short and accessible biography takes readers on a fast-paced and informative journey into the life of famous boxer Muhammad Ali. In addition to his boxing fame, the board book acknowledges Ali’s civil rights activism, conversion to Islam, refusal to fight in Vietnam, and post-retirement charity work. Like other books in the series, Muhammad Ali, provides enough detail to be engaging to without overwhelming its young audience. I recommend this book for children between 2- and 5-years-old. Like other books in the series, this will make a valuable addition to personal and school libraries.
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My favorite Little People, Big Dreams book so far! This gives Muhammad Ali justice to his true character and how he came to be. Very bright and energetic vibe to it too!
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What could I say that I haven't yet said about the other sweet little books in this series?
This one was a very quick read for me again (obviously), and just as cute, inspiring and educational as the ones I read before. Another hero that I think is worth looking up to, another role model for kids, and another book I would love to spread the word about and discover together with my future kids. Or any kid, for that matter. They all should have this series!
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It's a well written picture book that gives insight into who Muhammad Ali was. It's easy to understand for kids and I loved the illustrations and the vibrant colours. It's the first book I've read in the "Little People, Big Dreams" series, but I'm sure I'll read more of them.
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I was thrilled to learn that there were to be some titles published depicting the lives of influential men after reading many wonderful titles about inspiring women.

A fantastic introduction to the life of Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, depicting some of the key events that made him the great inspiration he became to many. Telling of his training and rise to Olympic glory, his conversion to Islam and refusal to fight in the war. 

With bright illustrations and easy to understand text, it is easy to see how this book will inspire many readers to dream of greatness. 

This is a great book for any young reader with an interest in sport to learn about the life of an influential figure in the field. It is a wonderful way to introduce readers to biographies and suggests further reading for those who want to find out more.

Many thanks to the publishers for granting access to this brilliant little book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Loved this one.
This series doesn't disappoint!
I love how encouraging it is for new generation 
I think this series make great present for babies and kids.
Muhammad story is very inspiring
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This empowering best-selling series of books and educational games that explore outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists, is truly exceptional. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.  Cassius Clay was one of those children. 

When he was a little guy his bike was stolen and he was determined to find the thief and get it back.  A policeman advised him that he had better learn to box first.  Cassius took that councel to heart and that lead him on a journey to become the greatest boxer in the world.  

He worked tirelessly at the gym becoming more agile and strong as his dream drove him onward.  His cunning moves, smart thinking and using rhymes outside of the ring to tease and taunt his opponents gave him victory after victory. 


" I float like a butterfly... and sting like a bee."  is one of his most famous quotes. 


He earned the title:  "Heavyweight Champion of the World."  In fact he managed to secure that high status three times!  What an amazing accomplishment.  All his hard work and dedication paid off and his dream became a reality.  He became inspired by the teachings of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali, a name, that to him, made him feel strong and proud. 


He was admired, loved and acknowledged worldwide for his extraordinary boxing prowess.  After he retired he still didn't stop making his mark in the world.  He became an avid defender of African-American rights at a time when it was dangerous to speak up and advocate for such things and he worked for charities and helped others unceasingly.  

To this day other young boxers follow in his footsteps... the little kid who used to say:  

"One day, I'm going to be the greatest."  And he was. Mission accomplished! 

The inspiring message of the book is compelling and the illustrations have a special charm to them.  I really liked them.  I highly recommend this book and the entire series. Great books to collect!
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Gorgeous picture book telling the story of the greatest boxer that ever lived. it goes through all aspects of his life from changing his name to taking a stand against war. These books are pitched perfectly for the age range without ignoring many of the controversial but important aspects of his life.
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Another great leader for Little People, Big Dreams.  Muhammad Ali is one of the greatest and he set out to do so. Being a leader doesn't  just mean being the best, but helping others. Ali is a memorable fighter, but readers will also learn about the peace he wanted to share.


The illustrations were bold and vibrant. At times, the text was difficult to read.
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'Muhammad Ali' by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara with illustrations by Brosmind is a board book for young readers about the famous fighter and all the things he fought for.

Born Cassius Clay, little Muhammad Ali had his bike stolen and wanted to fight the thief, but was directed towards boxing by a policeman.  From there, the rest is history.  His unwillingness to fight in Vietnam, and changing his name.  To the big fights and how he kept fighting for people even after his career was over.

This is a really great series, but occasionally one volume rises above the rest for me.  In this case, it's because of the really great art by Brosmind.  The pictures are detailed and have a kind of pop art sensibility.  I looked Brosmind up after reading this, and I was impressed by the work I saw.  This book is also fun and another impressive addition to this series.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quaro Publishing Group-Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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