Willie Perdomo; illustrations by Bryan Collier

Henry Holt and Co.

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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 skills but also for his extensive charity work in Latin America, Clemente was well-loved during his eighteen years playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He died in a plane crash while bringing aid supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Willie Perdomo's rhythmic text and Bryan Collier's energetic art combine to tell the amazing story of one of baseball's greats.
Clemente! is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Praise for Clemente!

“Graceful bilingual writing and warm, energetic paintings score big in this winning biography.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer
“So Clemente is not just a story about the sports hero, who died in a plane crash in 1972 bringing supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, but also a lovely tale about family, love, perseverance and culture.” New York Daily News

“Perdomo…strikes just the right note of precocious breathlessness, punctuating his text with Spanish to convey a people’s enormous pride in one of their own…Collier’s watercolor and collage pictures have a burnished look worthy of a heartfelt hagiography while at the same time evoking the dynamism of a genuine superstar athlete.” Publishers Weekly

Perdomo’s lyrical writing draws the reader in; Collier’s illustrations are a beautiful companion to the words on the page and bring the characters to life.” –Starred, Library Media Connection

"This winning tribute to a great humanitarian athlete will resonate with a wide audience." -School Library Journal

"More than just a biography, this book warmly illustrates the parent-child bond that is one of the finer by-products of sports fandom." -Booklist

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Willie Perdomo; illustrations by Bryan Collier

Willie Perdomo is the author of VISITING LANGSTON, which received a Coretta Scott King Honor. He is a winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award and lives in New York City.

Bryan Collier is the illustrator of Visiting LangstonLincoln and Douglass, and of Rosa and Martin’s Big Words, both Caldecott Honor books. He is also the author/illustrator of Uptown, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Mr. Collier lives with his family in New York.

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Willie Perdomo; illustrations by Bryan Collier


Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Illinois Monarch Award: K-3 Children's Choice Award Master List, NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 2010
ISBN: 9780805082241
ISBN10: 0805082247
Picture Book Nonfiction
8.5 x 11 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5 Information for Librarians

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AR Quiz Number: 137198
AR Book Level: 4.3
AR Points: 0.5


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