Growing Up Pedro: Candlewick Biographies: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings

" Incredible biography of Red Sox pitching great Pedro Martinez. Large sized book accommodate larger than life realistic illustrations. Baseball and underdog fans alike will love this book. " said.

" K-2nd gradeBrothers, baseball, size doesn't matter " said.

" Perfect to kick off opening day for the Boston Red Sox! Love that this book focuses on the relationship between the brothers and the effort necessary to become a world class pitcher! Paired this with Douglas Florian's Poem Run and knocked it outta the pahk! (Ovah the Green Monstah!) " said.

" Matt Tavares brings his passion for baseball and admiration for the Martínez brothers together in this radiant book. As a young boy in the Dominican Republic, Pedro dreamed of playing pro baseball, and admired everything about how his older brother Ramón played. Readers will be inspired by how that dream came true, and the power that comes from the deep bond between brothers. " said.

" Matt Tavares baseball books are always excellent, but to me Pedro Martinez will always be the guy who humiliated 72-year old Don Zimmer by flinging him to the ground. I'm sure Martinez has done a lot of good things in his life, but this Zimmer fan has a hard time getting past that ugly episode which goes unmentioned in this otherwise fine book. " said.

Pedro Martinez is a young boy in the Dominican Republic and has a brother named Ramon who is very good at baseball. Pedro wants to play baseball just like his brother! His brother is so good that he gets to play for the Dodgers! Pedro follows Ramon around the field and learns how to pitch and get better. The Dodgers coach tells Pedro that one day maybe he could play for them too. Pedro gets signed to their smaller team in Great Falls, Montana. Soon after Pedro is traded to the Montreal Expos he becomes so good that the Expos trade him to the Boston Red Sox.
Grade: 4th-5th
Class: History
Individual: Anyone who likes sports, or history
Small group: Discussion over his life
Whole Group: Making a timeline of Pedro’s life
Related Books: Barbed Wire Baseball
Multimedia: Recorded Book
Award: Orbis Pictus
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"1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-This book is about one of the all-time great baseball players, Pedro Martinez. The book begins by talking about Pedro's early life in the Dominican Republic where he grew up with his brother, Ramon. It was his greatest dream for him and his brother to move to the United States and play in the MLB. Not only did he do that, he also made it to the All-Stars 8 times, won a World Series with the Red Sox, and was elected to the baseball hall of fame.
2) Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
-2nd-5th grade.
3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)
-Promote classroom literacy
4) Individual students who might benefit from reading (1 pt)
-Students who play baseball
-Students with big dreams
5) Small group use (literaturecircles) (1 pt)
-Students could read through book together and discuss.
6) Whole class use (read aloud) (1 pt)
-Carpet Reading.
7) Related books in genre/subject or content area (1 pt)
-Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman
-The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter
8) Multimedia connections (audio book, movie) available (1 pt)
-None available.
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My Review: Matt Tavares's four superbly crafted biographies take a look at the life of each man, but as more than a baseball player. We learn about their childhoods, where they came from, and their dreams and hopes. Each book includes aspects of the history surrounding them including the Depression, wars, and racism. Additionally, these books are crafted beautiful with lyrically written prose. These books are must reads for lovers of baseball, history, and biographies in general.

Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: I was lucky enough to be asked to write a teachers’ guide for each of these books. For each book, I created discussion questions and activities (including cross-curricular activities). I plan on using this guide in my own classroom with the books in a lit circle type of setting. Each group will be given one of the biographies, will complete the discussion questions and activities, and then become experts on their player before presenting. These biographies are asking to be in classrooms, and I hope the guide helps show how they can fit into a language arts/reading class.

Please check out the complete guide at
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