Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born


Everyone knows the name of the world heavyweight champion boxer, Muhammad Ali.  He beat Sonny Liston,  won the Rumble in the Jungle, defeated George Foreman (he of the grill) and Leon Spinks and many more.

Ali could "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee."  But before he was Muhammad Ali, he was a twelve year old boy named Cassius Clay and on one particular day that year he had a brand new bicycle.  He was small and thin when that criminal stole his bike.  What would you do if someone stole your bike?

A champion was born.....!

40 pages           978-0062430168         Ages 5-10

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


"A high-quality children’s biography that little readers are sure to enjoy. There are themes of hard work, determination, overcoming obstacles, boxing, sports, persistence, and confidence—something Muhammad Ali clearly had plenty of."*

In this picture book biography of Muhammad Ali, author Gene Barretta and illustrator Frank Morrison tell the unforgettable childhood story of this legendary boxing champion and how one pivotal moment set him on his path to become the Greatest of All Time.

The Louisville Lip. The Greatest. The People’s Champion. Muhammad Ali had many nicknames. But before he became one of the most recognizable faces in the world, before the nicknames and the championships, before he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali, he was twelve-year-old Cassius Clay riding a brand-new red-and-white bicycle through the streets of Louisville, Kentucky. One fateful day, this proud and bold young boy had that bike stolen, his prized possession, and he wouldn’t let it go. Not without a fight.

This would be the day he discovered boxing. And a champion was born.

Back matter includes biographical overview, photos, bibliography, and more resources.---from the publisher

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