Book Talk Thursday ~ Growing Up Pedro

Today's Book Talk Thursday is the first of the books from the elementary Virginia Readers Choice list. It is one of two picture books and a biography.  Growing Up Pedro is the story of Pedro Martinez as he grows to be the baseball player he was.
Growing Up Pedro tells the story of Pedro Martinez as he grows into a great baseball player. It also shows children how they can follow their dreams to be great at anything, no matter the circumstances.

Written in free verse, Matt Tavares tells the story of how Pedro and his brother Ramon helped each other to enter the big leagues from their lives in the Dominican Republic. Pedro always looked up to his big brother Ramon, who helped him remember how to be the best he could be. Pedro overcame obstacles to become one of the greatest players of all time.

I love how this biography is so different from others, as it is told in free verse. Pedro's story also lends itself to remind students to work hard to make their dreams come true. That motivation is something so many of our students need these days!

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