Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Claire L'Hoer
Illustrator: Bruno Wennagel, Mathieu Ferret, Aurelie Verdon, Nuno Alves Rodrigues, Guillaume Biasse
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
When he was twelve, Muhammad Ali wanted to fight a man who stole his bike. A police officer encouraged him to learn to box first, so he did. At age eighteen, he won a gold Olympic medal, and eventually earned many other awards. He converted to Islam. When he opposed the Vietnam war, he lost his title of world champion. His case was taken to the Supreme Court and they ruled that after three years, he could box again. He eventually was affected by Parkinson’s disease and rose awareness for it. One of his daughters became a professional boxer, like her father.
This Pocket Bio includes simple information about important, formative experiences in Muhammad Ali’s life. The vocabulary and concepts are quite simple. This would be an appropriate resource for third through sixth graders to use to quickly learn about important historical figures. The text includes experiences that make these important, world-changing people human. The back of the book includes a map with labels and events, as well as a timeline, interesting random facts, and illustrations of relevant people from his life.