Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
Title: Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream Author: Deloris Jordan with Roslyn M. Jordan Illustrator: Kadir Nelson Publisher / Date: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing / 2003 Genre: Biography, picture book Themes: Sports, basketball, famous Americans, biography, overcoming personal hardships Summary: Young Michael Jordan loves basketball but fears he'll never be tall enough to play well. His family doesn't have much money, but they offer him encouragement and teach him that hard work and determination are more important than his height. Michael eventually tries out for the team and doesn't make it. But he doesn't give up. He keeps practicing. Eventually his dreams become a reality. Curriculum Connections: Grades 2-5 Social Studies: famous Americans; biographies Notes: Michael's mother tells this story from her own experience of watching her son grow into the famous basketball player.