Title: Joe Louis, My Champion
Author: William Miller
Illustrator: Rodney S. Pate
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Year: 2009 (paperback)
Concepts: jobs, human resources, discrimination
Review: Sammy, a young boy growing up in the early 1900s, has already started to think about what he would like to do when he is older. He is extremely inspired by his hero, Joe Louis, and wants to follow in his footsteps as a boxer. Further fueling this hope is the opportunity to listen with friends and family members to the Joe Louis versus James Braddock heavyweight championship boxing match on the big radio in Mister Jake’s country store. Over time, Sammy begins to see the bigger picture about how Joe Louis’s success can help him to dream big about a variety of occupations, not just boxing. With its lush oil paintings, historical setting, and informative afterword, this interesting book makes a nice vehicle for talking with children about careers they may pursue.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children