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Growing Up Pedro: Candlewick Biographies

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Growing Up Pedro: Candlewick Biographies by Matt Tavares
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Mar 14, 2017 | ISBN 9780763693114

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Tavares masterfully depicts, with quick verse and beautiful illustrations, the world in which the two siblings came of age…. This is a strong overview of a remarkable athlete. Martinez’s unbelievable statistics are included at the end of the book. A wonderful introduction to a truly special player.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Tavares highlights their warm filial relationship, inviting readers to understand how Ramón is challenged by loneliness in America, mostly because his lack of English prevents him from communicating. … The gouache and watercolor paintings lovingly depict both players, from boyhood to adulthood. Tavares captures some of the iconic images of Pedro: pitching with intensity, goofing off in the bullpen, and even being taped to a pole by his teammates as a prank.
—Horn Book

Tavares’ latest baseball profile, featuring Pedro Martínez, is as much an homage to the love between brothers as it is a biography…. Concluding stats top off this winning title.

Tavares’s luminous paintings pair with accessible prose arranged into verselike passages to create a vivid portrait of two contemporary athletes.
—Publishers Weekly

Watercolor, gouache and pencil illustrations depict the emotional fervor of the action…. A warm portrait of a modern baseball icon.
—Kirkus Reviews

Fraternal mentoring and emulation forms a cohesive theme throughout.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Detailed illustrations support the text through attractive landscaped scenes. The facial expressions of the characters are especially telling and remarkable.
—School Library Connection

The story of how Pedro Martinez came to achieve that status is inspiring, and author/illustrator Matt Tavares captures it perfectly for younger readers.
—from Kendal Rautzhan

The beautiful illustrations complement the narrative and the selection would partner well with other biographies about baseball players, including those by Matt Tavares: Henry Aaron’s Dream and There Goes Ted Williams.
—Literacy Daily

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