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Muhammad Ali

Authored by Isabel Sánchez Vegara
Illustrated by Brosmind
Published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

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Muhammad Ali (Little People, Big Dreams) follows the impressive life of perhaps the world’s most famous boxer; from a small child with a dream, to ‘The Greatest of All Time’.

As a child growing up in Kentucky, Ali, (then Cassius Clay) had his bike stolen. Luckily, Ali’s anger caused by this event was noticed by a local police officer, who directed him towards boxing as a way of dealing with these feelings. The book reflects Ali’s journey through his professional boxing career, highlighting his passion, work ethic and intelligence.

All too often, biographies (including those marketed as ‘child friendly’) are rather inaccessible to younger children. The language, structure and concepts explored within this genre frequently seem to be aimed at older children and young adults. That’s why I found Muhammad Ali (and some of the other titles in the Little People, Big Dreams series) such a breath of fresh air. The language and content, along with a multitude of illustrations, allow children a real and relatable insight into the life of such an aspirational figure.

The real opportunity that this book provides is to show children the importance of dedication, emotional strength and building on your dreams from a young age. This is sure to inspire them to start considering how they might make an impact on the world.