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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Michael's Golden Rules by Deloris Jordan and Roselyn M. Jordan

AR Level: 3.1
AR Points:0.5
AR Quiz Number: 110634
Page Count: 32

In an attempt to find a good fit for some my choosy male readers, I stocked my media center with a few sports chapter books at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, they weren't a big hit with the boys I had hoped them for. On the bright side, I've had a few girls actually pick them up and read them, then come in bragging that they now know a lot about football. Surprise twist! So I supposed they weren't a waste.

While the boys like the sports book covers in theory, the chunkiness of the chapter books scared them off. While I know that they could read a longer chapter book, they just don't want to have to focus and struggle through one thing for that long. In re-thinking my strategy, I am going to try and offer them more beginner reader sports chapter books, graphic novels, and even a few picture books. Michael's Golden Rules by Deloris Jordan and Roselyn Jordan might just be the perfect fit.

With an introduction written by Michael Jordan, and brilliant illustrations by Kadir Nelson, this book will definitely get the boys' (and girls') attention. Focusing on common tropes of sportsmanship, this book gives examples of a young boy on the baseball field working with his team and not coming undone with defeat.

When I started reading this, I was afraid that the arc of the book would be that after a little practice the boys are finally able to succeed at what they are trying to do, but I was happy to find that in fact, they do not win their big game in the end despite working hard and getting along as a team a little better. I like this ending because, so often that is how these things play out, and athletic and competitive kids need good examples of how to lose gracefully and not let it crush them. With all of the pressure we put on kids these days over games, it is not easy for them to understand and accept defeat in a mature way. In life we all eventually come up against someone who is better than us at something, so we need to learn how to handle that.

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