Material from Salt in His Shoes - Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan copyright © 2000, Illustrations copyright © 2000 by Kadir Nelson Used by permission of Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
Michael Jordan is an international star, but here in Chicago, understandably, he has reached super hero status. My kids are too young to have ever seen Michael Jordan play, but you don’t have to know of him, in order to love this story. It is inspirational and just heart-warming. The book, written by Jordan’s mother and sister, relates the story of a young, short Michael who loves to play basketball. He, however, becomes frustrated while on the court because of being taunted by one of the bigger kids.
I love how the family is portrayed here. Mama and Daddy are strong and wise; they do not dismiss Michael’s worries but rather take the time to listen to him and provide guidance and encouragement. Salt In His Shoes has been a hit with the boys because what kid does not love to see an underdog prevail. When my 4 yr. old saw the last illustration of Air Jordan he said, “I bet that kid doesn’t pick on him anymore.” Kadir Nelson is one of my favorite illustrators and also an excellent author. He always illustrates such beautiful African American characters. His illustrations exude such warmth and when I see his name on a book, I purchase it.