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: 2019-01-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings

" A great story about Ramon and Pedro Martinez and their success in the Major Leagues of baseball. The story is about so much more than their success as athletes but their close relationship as brothers who encouraged and motivated each other. I especially kept thinking about the model athletes they are for children! Matt Tavares has written and illustrated a beautiful book that children will enjoy as well as adults! Be sure to read the author's note at the end. " said.

"A picture book bio about Pedro Martinez that does a great job of highlighting his incredible career, but equally balances it with his admiration for his older brother and his love for his home, the Dominican Republic.

Watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations. Back matter includes an author's note, stats, and a bibliography.

This is a great read, even for fans who don't regularly watch/play baseball or follow sports because it is born from something most readers can relate to: a deep love of family, especially the bond between siblings.

Recommended for grades 4-6+.
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"This is a beautifully illustrated nonfiction book that tells the story of a famous pitcher from the Dominican Republic. Sports fans will definitely appreciate the story of how a youngster worked hard to become one of the best pitchers ever. But everyone can appreciate the story of how close Pedro was to his brother, Ramon. The story also highlights the way the Martinez brothers used their fame and fortune to make life better for their friends and family back in the Dominican Republic. I'm excited to add this book to my classroom library." said.

"Age: K-2nd
Family: Brothers
Nonfiction: Biography
Sport: Baseball

Ramon and Pedro Martinez both grow up with a passion for playing baseball in the village of Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. Eventually their perseverance leads them to two successful careers in the U.S.

This bio stands out for its emphasis on brotherly love and support that launches Pedro to be the best in Major League Baseball. The text was interesting without feeling too decorative and the supplemental material, including a graph of Pedro's stats, was the perfect touch for kids that want a little more.
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" This is a wonderful picture book biography of Pedro Martinez. The book starts by showing Pedro growing up in the shadow of his older brother, Ramon, in poverty in the Dominican Republic. Many details about his stellar baseball career are included, but what makes this book stand out is the importance of family and the close relationship he shares with Ramon.Fans of baseball, who want a shorter biography, will really enjoy Growing Up Pedro. There is an author's note and bibliography in the back. " said.

In this case we have life, to a degree, imitating art; art created to inspire and demonstrate acts of patience, practice, perseverance and paying it forward. Growing Up Pedro: How The Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues (Candlewick Press, February 10, 2015) written and illustrated by Matt Tavares, highly respected author/illustrator of baseball biographies and fictional picture book stories about baseball, paints us a vivid portrait with his words and images about two baseball greats.

My full recommendation:
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"Growing up Pedro is a well written, beautifully illustrated children's biography. I enjoyed that the book started and ended in the same location- even ends with a repeat of a sentence at the beginning of the book. That gave the book a nice feeling that showed how much Pedro admired and cared for his brother. The illustrations, as usual, did a beautiful job capturing the emotions and action of the story. I particularly liked the use of the smaller illustrations for smaller aspects of the story- laying in bed dreaming about the future, etc. I was also happy to see that Pedro learned from the challenges his brother faced in order to make his path easier. My only complaint is that the text format makes it look like the story is going to rhyme and it doesn't. I'm glad is doesn't- I don't think it would have worked well with the story, but it was a little distracting at first. However, it's possible that the story is meant to be read in a rhythm that I just didn't pick up without reading it out loud. " said.

"Stunning watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations complement an inspiring story of determination and brotherly love. Growing up poor in the Dominican Republic, Pedro Martinez idolized his older brother Ramon and followed in his footsteps in many different ways. Because Ramon played baseball, Pedro played baseball too, and against all odds, Ramon lands a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He buys a baseball glove for his younger brother, and after he moves to the United States, he is careful to share some of his experiences and challenges with Pedro who he hopes will some day come after him. After much hard work, Pedro is also brought on board the Dodgers' team. However, due to financial constraints, he is traded, eventually leading the Boston Red Sox to the World Series title in 2004. Youngsters will find much to consider while reading this book as Pedro dealt with many life challenges, including his diminutive size, poverty, language barriers, and living in a world unfamiliar to him. But as the author-illustrator points out, he always had his amazing brother to guide him and offer advice. The back matter includes additional information about Pedro's and his amazing baseball feats and a personal note about Pedro from the author-illustrator. What a marvelous, inspiring story Pedro's is! " said.

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