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JUMP! by Floyd Cooper


From the Life of Michael Jordan

by Floyd Cooper & illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Age Range: 6 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-399-24230-9
Publisher: Philomel

Michael Jordan was a curious, mischievous little boy who was constantly trying to keep up with his older brother Larry. It seemed as if Larry was always just a little faster, stronger, and more skilled. Michael even tried hanging by his arms in an effort to grow faster. Supported by a strong family and attentive coaches, his own intense determination, and of course his incredible talent, he grew up to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Cooper focuses on childhood incidents that display Jordan’s strong character, his competitive spirit, his willingness to practice endlessly, and the loving rivalry between the brothers. Cooper’s umber-tinted, action-packed illustrations perfectly capture Jordan’s determination and achievements, reserving a fold-up page for the magical “Air Jordan” leap. Having retired several years ago, Jordan still remains a hero of legendary proportions—Cooper keeps the legend alive. (biographical note) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)