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The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares’s tale of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star. Before Pedro Martinez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called M The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares’s tale of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star. Before Pedro Martinez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic. Pedro loved baseball more than anything, and his older brother Ramon was the best pitcher he’d ever seen. He’d dream of the day he and his brother could play together in the major leagues—and here, Matt Tavares tells the story of how that dream came true. In a fitting homage to a modern day baseball star, the acclaimed author-illustrator examines both Pedro Martinez’s improbable rise to the top of his game and the power that comes from the deep bond between brothers.


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The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares’s tale of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star. Before Pedro Martinez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called M The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares’s tale of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star. Before Pedro Martinez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic. Pedro loved baseball more than anything, and his older brother Ramon was the best pitcher he’d ever seen. He’d dream of the day he and his brother could play together in the major leagues—and here, Matt Tavares tells the story of how that dream came true. In a fitting homage to a modern day baseball star, the acclaimed author-illustrator examines both Pedro Martinez’s improbable rise to the top of his game and the power that comes from the deep bond between brothers.

30 review for Growing Up Pedro: How the Martínez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues

  1. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    A confession: Pedro Martínez was not a favorite of mine during his playing days. Derek Jeter's New York Yankees were my team, a group led by some of the most clutch performers in baseball history. Their position players in the late 1990s and early 2000s included Bernie Williams, Wade Boggs, Jorge Posada, Luis Sojo, Chuck Knoblauch, and Paul O'Neill; their pitchers included Dwight Gooden, David Cone, David Wells, Orlando Hernández, Mike Mussina, and Mariano Rivera. Year after year the Yankees wer A confession: Pedro Martínez was not a favorite of mine during his playing days. Derek Jeter's New York Yankees were my team, a group led by some of the most clutch performers in baseball history. Their position players in the late 1990s and early 2000s included Bernie Williams, Wade Boggs, Jorge Posada, Luis Sojo, Chuck Knoblauch, and Paul O'Neill; their pitchers included Dwight Gooden, David Cone, David Wells, Orlando Hernández, Mike Mussina, and Mariano Rivera. Year after year the Yankees were stacked with players who had a penchant for making big plays to win championships, and Pedro's Boston Red Sox were often left holding the short end of the stick. Yet years later, when I search the internet for baseball footage to marvel at, the name I find myself typing in is Pedro's. Half athlete and half artist, he stood in against some of the most feared batters ever and left them flailing at his masterful array of pitches. Growing Up Pedro offers a personal look at his odyssey to the big leagues, a story that allows us to appreciate Pedro more than ever. Born and raised in the village of Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic, Pedro comes to love baseball because of his older brother. A terrific power pitcher, Ramón Martínez dominates much older boys, and preteen Pedro longs to follow in his footsteps. Their family and village are poor, but the brothers fantasize about someday having lots of money. As a standout pitcher on the Dominican national team, Ramón wants to play professionally, and that dream comes true in the 1980s when America's Los Angeles Dodgers sign him to a contract. Pedro is elated to see his brother leave home to pitch against the world's best, but he will dearly miss Ramón's companionship in Manoguayabo. Ramón spends part of his signing bonus to purchase a real baseball glove for his brother, and Pedro resolves to one day pitch in the big leagues like him. In 1988, sixteen-year-old Pedro tries out for the Dodgers at Campo Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic. Scrawny and short, he doesn't impress the scouts as a physical specimen, but his pitching velocity and movement deserve a closer look. The Dodgers sign him, and by 1990 Pedro is ordered to report to their minor-league team in Montana. As avid a student of life as he'd been of baseball growing up, Pedro learns from Ramón's occasionally rocky experience, and arrives in America better prepared for a pro baseball career. He puts in enormous effort to learn fluent English, and within two years is promoted to the majors, joining Ramón in the Dodgers locker room. The Martínez brothers have both made good on their talent. Ramón is one of the National League's finest starting pitchers. He finished second in Cy Young Award voting for 1990, but Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda isn't convinced Pedro can withstand the same workload as Ramón. Used as a relief pitcher throughout 1993, Pedro's performance is exemplary, but he doesn't get a chance to start like Ramón until the Montreal Expos trade for him after the season. Pedro is stunned; after years of hard work to learn English and join his brother in L.A., he's sent without Ramón to Montreal, where most people speak French. Ever the big brother, Ramón quiets Pedro's angst. This is his opportunity to be a starter, one he may never have had with the Dodgers. In 1994 Pedro emerges as a surreal pitching talent, even as his brother continues thriving in Los Angeles. Pedro's fastball is electric, his curveball cartoonish, and his perfectly disguised changeup devastates elite hitters on a routine basis. He wins the 1997 Cy Young, but the Expos can't afford to pay a superstar. Before the 1998 season they trade him to the Boston Red Sox, where Pedro inks a new deal worth close to a hundred million dollars. When they were children, Pedro and Ramón could not have comprehended earning this kind of money. By summer of '98 Pedro is the hottest ticket in Beantown, nearing his absolute prime. Ramón, on the other hand, is past his. A shoulder injury in June shuts him down for the rest of the season, and now it's Pedro's turn to offer brotherly encouragement. Ramón will pitch again, Pedro assures him. Pedro clowns around with his Boston teammates more than he did in L.A. or Montreal, but he takes his starting assignments seriously, bearing down on hitters as though his life depends on getting them out. In 1999 Pedro posts arguably the greatest season ever for a pitcher. His dominance is awesome, and late that year a serendipitous surprise comes his way: Ramón returns to the field, and signs with the Red Sox. The Martínez brothers reunite, this time both in the starting rotation. Pedro closes out his legendary season by fighting through shoulder pain to win one of the biggest playoff games for Boston in years, and his heroics are wildly cheered by family, neighbors, and strangers in the Dominican Republic. The entire nation is proud of him. The brothers aren't done playing baseball yet—Pedro, in particular, has many superb years ahead, including a season in 2000 as good or better than what he did in '99—but life has already profoundly changed for them. Ramón and Pedro have lifted their family out of poverty, riding talent and determination to fulfill their own childhood dreams. The Martínez brothers are an inspiration on the field and off. Growing Up Pedro celebrates extraordinary ability and hard work, while reminding us of the people in our own lives who keep us grounded when we start losing control. Ramón did that for Pedro, preventing him from falling prey to his volatile emotions and self-destructing, and we all need that one special person who can calm our personal storms. Would Pedro have ascended to the heights he did in 1999 and 2000 without Ramón offering timely pitching advice and helping Pedro defuse his temper when games didn't go his way? On the flip side, early in his career Pedro demonstrated the wisdom of learning from others' experience, avoiding Ramón's mistakes and taking note of what he needed to do to succeed in America. As a result, Pedro's adjustment to living in a new country was less severe than Ramón's. Growing Up Pedro is an excellent picture book biography of an all-time great pitcher. Its lessons and emotional tenor are both first-rate, and the artwork deserves just as high of praise. I recommend this book to any young baseball fan who wants to know what it was like to be Pedro before and during his heyday.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kellee Moye

    Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=5953 My Review: Matt Tavares's four superbly crafted biographies take a look at the life of each man, but as more than a baseball player. We learn about their childhoods, where they came from, and their dreams and hopes. Each book includes aspects of the history surrounding them including the Depression, wars, and racism. Additionally, these books are crafted beautiful with lyrically written prose. These books are must reads for lovers of baseb Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=5953 My Review: Matt Tavares's four superbly crafted biographies take a look at the life of each man, but as more than a baseball player. We learn about their childhoods, where they came from, and their dreams and hopes. Each book includes aspects of the history surrounding them including the Depression, wars, and racism. Additionally, these books are crafted beautiful with lyrically written prose. These books are must reads for lovers of baseball, history, and biographies in general. Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: I was lucky enough to be asked to write a teachers’ guide for each of these books. For each book, I created discussion questions and activities (including cross-curricular activities). I plan on using this guide in my own classroom with the books in a lit circle type of setting. Each group will be given one of the biographies, will complete the discussion questions and activities, and then become experts on their player before presenting. These biographies are asking to be in classrooms, and I hope the guide helps show how they can fit into a language arts/reading class. Please check out the complete guide at http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Austin

    1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts) -This book is about one of the all-time great baseball players, Pedro Martinez. The book begins by talking about Pedro's early life in the Dominican Republic where he grew up with his brother, Ramon. It was his greatest dream for him and his brother to move to the United States and play in the MLB. Not only did he do that, he also made it to the All-Stars 8 times, won a World Series with the Red Sox, and was elected to the baseball hall of fame. 2) Grade 1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts) -This book is about one of the all-time great baseball players, Pedro Martinez. The book begins by talking about Pedro's early life in the Dominican Republic where he grew up with his brother, Ramon. It was his greatest dream for him and his brother to move to the United States and play in the MLB. Not only did he do that, he also made it to the All-Stars 8 times, won a World Series with the Red Sox, and was elected to the baseball hall of fame. 2) Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt) -2nd-5th grade. 3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt) -RLA -Entertainment -Promote classroom literacy 4) Individual students who might benefit from reading (1 pt) -Students who play baseball -Students with big dreams 5) Small group use (literaturecircles) (1 pt) -Students could read through book together and discuss. 6) Whole class use (read aloud) (1 pt) -Carpet Reading. 7) Related books in genre/subject or content area (1 pt) -Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman -The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter 8) Multimedia connections (audio book, movie) available (1 pt) -None available.

  4. 5 out of 5

    paula

    Wow. Man, I read this in Spanish, and that's not easy for me, but I'm so glad I did. It made feel like I'd really worked for the emotional moments, the humor, and the triumphs, which is what Pedro y Ramon - and Matt, who wrote and illustrated this terrific book - deserve. Wow. Man, I read this in Spanish, and that's not easy for me, but I'm so glad I did. It made feel like I'd really worked for the emotional moments, the humor, and the triumphs, which is what Pedro y Ramon - and Matt, who wrote and illustrated this terrific book - deserve.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    My 8-year old and I reserved all of the Caldecott contenders from the library so that we can run them through our own family jury before the winners were officially announced. There was so much to like about Growing Up Pedro--In the story: We love the fact that Pedro feels like one of our own--because he was a Red Sox pitcher. He was with the Red Sox in a very significant year--2004, the first time in 86 years that the Red Sox finally won the World Series. The story of Pedro is about overcoming s My 8-year old and I reserved all of the Caldecott contenders from the library so that we can run them through our own family jury before the winners were officially announced. There was so much to like about Growing Up Pedro--In the story: We love the fact that Pedro feels like one of our own--because he was a Red Sox pitcher. He was with the Red Sox in a very significant year--2004, the first time in 86 years that the Red Sox finally won the World Series. The story of Pedro is about overcoming so many obstacles--his poverty, his small size, and other challenges. Knowing that Pedro didn't do it alone--he always relied on his big brother Ramon who helped him to learn English, to throw a curveball, and told him to never to give up on his dream. I loved that Ramon and Pedro got to play on the Red Sox together. I especially love that Pedro hasn't let the money and fame of being in the major leagues go to his head. He stayed in his hometown of Manoguayabo and donated his time and money to help improve the lives of the people there. He is responsible for paving roads, building houses, churches, baseball fields, and a new elementary school. Really great story, well told. Beautiful illustrations. The illustrations were done in watercolor, gouache, and pencil. L gave the story a 4 and the pictures a 4. He said that he didn't give the illustrations a 5 because some of the people's heads looked funny--like bobble heads instead of depictions of real people. I give the story a 5 and the pictures a 4. Pedro is a great hero for kids. I loved the author's story about his own love for and experiences with Pedro Martinez. This book is good for baseball fans and non-sports fans alike!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rick O'Connor

    Full disclosure: I am a huge Red Sox fan, and in particular, a Pedro Martinez fan. I flew out to Boston last August to take my son to his number retirement ceremony. 11th row behind home plate... Having said that, I thought this was a good book. I ordered it via Amazon Prime, because I figured my son would love it because...well, it's Pedro! It tells the story of Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez and his brother Ramon and the life they had in the Dominican Republic. It goes into how Pedro dreams of s Full disclosure: I am a huge Red Sox fan, and in particular, a Pedro Martinez fan. I flew out to Boston last August to take my son to his number retirement ceremony. 11th row behind home plate... Having said that, I thought this was a good book. I ordered it via Amazon Prime, because I figured my son would love it because...well, it's Pedro! It tells the story of Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez and his brother Ramon and the life they had in the Dominican Republic. It goes into how Pedro dreams of success in his career, and how he so believes in his brother (who is not quite as talented as Pedro). The book is written for younger readers (2nd or 3rd grade?), so that's important to keep in mind. What I worry about is because it is written for that age level, it might give the wrong message that sports is the solution to success. I see so many kids who think that is there way out of poverty (and they may be right, but the odds of making it to the big leagues is minute). Instead, I wish the story was about how Pedro became a doctor, or lawyer, etc. to show kids how school really can help. However, when I was at Fenway last August for Pedro's tribute night, there were MANY Dominican people there, and the pride I saw in them for Pedro was very tangible. So maybe a book like this gets kids to feel good about one of their own--a hero? Maybe kids of all ages just want a happy story, and this one ultimately fits the bill in that regard.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna Smith

    Pedro Martinez is a young boy in the Dominican Republic and has a brother named Ramon who is very good at baseball. Pedro wants to play baseball just like his brother! His brother is so good that he gets to play for the Dodgers! Pedro follows Ramon around the field and learns how to pitch and get better. The Dodgers coach tells Pedro that one day maybe he could play for them too. Pedro gets signed to their smaller team in Great Falls, Montana. Soon after Pedro is traded to the Montreal Expos he Pedro Martinez is a young boy in the Dominican Republic and has a brother named Ramon who is very good at baseball. Pedro wants to play baseball just like his brother! His brother is so good that he gets to play for the Dodgers! Pedro follows Ramon around the field and learns how to pitch and get better. The Dodgers coach tells Pedro that one day maybe he could play for them too. Pedro gets signed to their smaller team in Great Falls, Montana. Soon after Pedro is traded to the Montreal Expos he becomes so good that the Expos trade him to the Boston Red Sox. Grade: 4th-5th Class: History Individual: Anyone who likes sports, or history Small group: Discussion over his life Whole Group: Making a timeline of Pedro’s life Related Books: Barbed Wire Baseball Multimedia: Recorded Book Award: Orbis Pictus

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Matt Tavares brings his passion for baseball and admiration for the Martínez brothers together in this radiant book. As a young boy in the Dominican Republic, Pedro dreamed of playing pro baseball, and admired everything about how his older brother Ramón played. Readers will be inspired by how that dream came true, and the power that comes from the deep bond between brothers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gary Anderson

    Matt Tavares baseball books are always excellent, but to me Pedro Martinez will always be the guy who humiliated 72-year old Don Zimmer by flinging him to the ground. I'm sure Martinez has done a lot of good things in his life, but this Zimmer fan has a hard time getting past that ugly episode which goes unmentioned in this otherwise fine book. Matt Tavares baseball books are always excellent, but to me Pedro Martinez will always be the guy who humiliated 72-year old Don Zimmer by flinging him to the ground. I'm sure Martinez has done a lot of good things in his life, but this Zimmer fan has a hard time getting past that ugly episode which goes unmentioned in this otherwise fine book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Burnap

    Perfect to kick off opening day for the Boston Red Sox! Love that this book focuses on the relationship between the brothers and the effort necessary to become a world class pitcher! Paired this with Douglas Florian's Poem Run and knocked it outta the pahk! (Ovah the Green Monstah!) Perfect to kick off opening day for the Boston Red Sox! Love that this book focuses on the relationship between the brothers and the effort necessary to become a world class pitcher! Paired this with Douglas Florian's Poem Run and knocked it outta the pahk! (Ovah the Green Monstah!)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aliza Werner

    Incredible biography of Red Sox pitching great Pedro Martinez. Large sized book accommodate larger than life realistic illustrations. Baseball and underdog fans alike will love this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Placchetti

    K-2nd grade Brothers, baseball, size doesn't matter K-2nd grade Brothers, baseball, size doesn't matter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    Picture book biography about the pitcher, Pedro Martinez. Just gives a short overview of Pedro's early pitching career. Good as a baseball read-aloud for 1st-2nd graders or a supplement to a biography report for older children. Picture book biography about the pitcher, Pedro Martinez. Just gives a short overview of Pedro's early pitching career. Good as a baseball read-aloud for 1st-2nd graders or a supplement to a biography report for older children.

  14. 4 out of 5

    J Layne

    Enjoyed the beautiful way this book is presented.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Gross

    Title: Growing up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made it from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues Author: Matt Tavares Illustrator (if separate from author): Genre: Orbis Pictus Honor Book Theme(s): biography, working hard Opening line/sentence: “One sunny day in the village of Manoguayabo,…” Brief Book Summary: This book tells the story of Pedro and Ramon Martinez, two boys from the Dominican Republic. They come from a very poor family, but they love baseball and work very Title: Growing up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made it from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues Author: Matt Tavares Illustrator (if separate from author): Genre: Orbis Pictus Honor Book Theme(s): biography, working hard Opening line/sentence: “One sunny day in the village of Manoguayabo,…” Brief Book Summary: This book tells the story of Pedro and Ramon Martinez, two boys from the Dominican Republic. They come from a very poor family, but they love baseball and work very hard to play in the the Major Leagues in America. Eventually they are both signed to play together. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Publishers Weekly - 1/19/2015 In his latest picture-book tribute to a baseball great, Tavares traces the career of Pedro Martínez, beginning with his childhood in the Dominican Republic, where he idolized his older brother, Ramón. After Ramón was drafted to play with the Dodgers, Pedro joined the team soon after. Tavares emphasizes how the brothers’ careers often ran in concert—both eventually played for the Red Sox and found time to celebrate their team’s success back on their childhood turf. Tavares’s luminous paintings pair with accessible prose arranged into verselike passages to create a vivid portrait of two contemporary athletes. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Feb.) Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Children’s Literature - Lois Rubin Gross In the latest in his series of beautifully illustrated baseball biographies, author/illustrator Tavares tells the story of the Red Sox starring pitcher, Pedro Martinez, a hero in the Dominican community much as Roberto Clemente was once heralded in Puerto Rico. However, this is not just the story of Pedro but also of his brother, Ramon, the first in the family to strike out for success the American Big Leagues. Ramon, always considered the family star, was older, bigger, and set the pace for his talented younger brother. Ramon graduated from playing in the Dominican National League to playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, the transition to baseball stardom was not easy, complicated by Ramon’s limitations in English. As a role model for his younger brother, Ramon warned Pedro to study English as well as improving his baseball skills. The one thing Pedro could not change was his lack of stature. As skilled as he was with his glove, his short stature and youthful appearance caused team employees to mistake the baseball player for a batboy. For several seasons, the brothers played on the same team. Then Pedro was traded to Montreal, a blessing in disguise because his talent was better appreciated in Canada. The only problem was when the brothers played against each other and Pedro did not want to go up against his brother. Injuries shortened Ramon’s career, but not before the brothers reached back to improve lives of the people of the Dominican Republic. Back matter includes an extensive bibliography and Pedro’s statistics. A glossary of sports terms might have been helpful for the non-sports minded. However, this book is as much about brotherly love and a determined work ethic as it is about baseball. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 7 to 12. Response to Two Professional Reviews: I especially like review two for this book because it notes how while the book is mostly about Pedro and his love and success in baseball, the book is also very much about brotherly love and giving back to their family in the Dominican Republic. The reviews both give a nice summary of the book, pointing out the most important parts of determined work ethic and love. Evaluation of Literary Elements: I really thought that this was a great book, especially for teaching children not to give up on their dreams. Not only were the pictures fun to look at, but they taught the reader a lot about life for the boys in the Dominican Republic. The story was a little longer and could get complicated for young children, but overall it was nice to read and very interesting. Consideration of Instructional Application: I would use this book as an optional independent read in my classroom when doing a biography unit or history project. It would be great for students to do more research on Pedro, baseball, and life in the Dominican Republic to share with the class. This book would be great in a 3rd or 4th grade classroom, and I think that children with a love for baseball will especially enjoy reading this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paiton Larson

    This is a story about a young boy named Pedro Martinez. Pedro has a huge passion for baseball, which started from watching his brother play. Pedro’s older brother Ramon gets drafted to a professional baseball team. Pedro looks up to his older brother and misses him very much when he moves away, so he decides to train hard to try to make it big like his brother. Pedro’s hard work pays off and he gets drafted to a professional baseball team. The boys get to be on a team together for a while, but e This is a story about a young boy named Pedro Martinez. Pedro has a huge passion for baseball, which started from watching his brother play. Pedro’s older brother Ramon gets drafted to a professional baseball team. Pedro looks up to his older brother and misses him very much when he moves away, so he decides to train hard to try to make it big like his brother. Pedro’s hard work pays off and he gets drafted to a professional baseball team. The boys get to be on a team together for a while, but eventually Pedro is traded. Pedro becomes so good that he can pitch better than his brother. The two brothers continue to support each other no matter what, and even end up putting some of their money together to buy the land around the place where they grew up for their family. There were many themes in this book, one showing readers that no matter where you come from, you can still make it big. Hard work pays off. This story reminds children that your background doesn’t define you, and if you put your mind to something you can go far. Another theme that stood out to me was giving back. We first see giving back in the story when Ramon gave to his brother used his hard earned money to buy him a baseball glove. We see giving back again when Pedro gets his first major league baseball check, and gives it to Ramon. We see the biggest example of giving back when Pedro and Ramon worked together and gave all their earnings from playing professional baseball back to their family. They bought all of the land around their home and made it into a much nicer, larger area. Here, everyone could stay and enjoy it. I really enjoyed this book, and appreciated how it was written as a story instead of just giving facts about Pedro. The illustrations were also very pleasing, as they took up the entire page and used pleasing colors.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy Herda

    Pedro Martinez is a young boy with big dreams. Having a passionate love for baseball he is inspired by his older brother who has been drafted to a professional baseball team. Always looking up to his older brother, he has his brother train him to become an even better baseball player. Pedro’s hard work pays off and eventually gets drafted to a professional team. The narration in this book was spot on. It was not too mature or immature in the sense that the plot carried along a theme and still ha Pedro Martinez is a young boy with big dreams. Having a passionate love for baseball he is inspired by his older brother who has been drafted to a professional baseball team. Always looking up to his older brother, he has his brother train him to become an even better baseball player. Pedro’s hard work pays off and eventually gets drafted to a professional team. The narration in this book was spot on. It was not too mature or immature in the sense that the plot carried along a theme and still had an impact on the readers. The theme that stood out the most to me during this book was giving back, hard work, and family. Giving back stood out to me because in the end of the book the two brothers worked together and gave all their earnings from playing professional baseball back to their family, buying all the land around their little house and expanding it into a large area they could all be in. Not only does that idea reflect giving back, it also reflects the emphasis of family this book held. Pedro always looked up to his older brother and was very thankful to have him as an inspiration. Hard work on the other hand was shown in the dedication both boys had during their seasons to train hard and work past their surgeries. I would definitely have this book in my library to portray a biography and an informational book in general. The illustrations also carry along the text, which makes this an enjoyable book to read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Stunning watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations complement an inspiring story of determination and brotherly love. Growing up poor in the Dominican Republic, Pedro Martinez idolized his older brother Ramon and followed in his footsteps in many different ways. Because Ramon played baseball, Pedro played baseball too, and against all odds, Ramon lands a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He buys a baseball glove for his younger brother, and after he moves to the United States, he is car Stunning watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations complement an inspiring story of determination and brotherly love. Growing up poor in the Dominican Republic, Pedro Martinez idolized his older brother Ramon and followed in his footsteps in many different ways. Because Ramon played baseball, Pedro played baseball too, and against all odds, Ramon lands a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He buys a baseball glove for his younger brother, and after he moves to the United States, he is careful to share some of his experiences and challenges with Pedro who he hopes will some day come after him. After much hard work, Pedro is also brought on board the Dodgers' team. However, due to financial constraints, he is traded, eventually leading the Boston Red Sox to the World Series title in 2004. Youngsters will find much to consider while reading this book as Pedro dealt with many life challenges, including his diminutive size, poverty, language barriers, and living in a world unfamiliar to him. But as the author-illustrator points out, he always had his amazing brother to guide him and offer advice. The back matter includes additional information about Pedro's and his amazing baseball feats and a personal note about Pedro from the author-illustrator. What a marvelous, inspiring story Pedro's is!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Walizer

    Summary: Growing Up Pedro is a biography about Pedro Martinez. The beginning of this biography talks about Pedro’s brother Ramon career in baseball. It is his brother’s career that helps him push forward in becoming a better baseball player. Pedro then too signs for the Los Angeles Dodgers like his brother and ends up traveling to America. Being on the same team, he kind of just falls into his brother’s shadow and is not looked at as being talented. Pedro then is traded to Montreal Expos. By 1997 Summary: Growing Up Pedro is a biography about Pedro Martinez. The beginning of this biography talks about Pedro’s brother Ramon career in baseball. It is his brother’s career that helps him push forward in becoming a better baseball player. Pedro then too signs for the Los Angeles Dodgers like his brother and ends up traveling to America. Being on the same team, he kind of just falls into his brother’s shadow and is not looked at as being talented. Pedro then is traded to Montreal Expos. By 1997, Pedro becomes the best pitcher in the National League (and even better than his brother, Ramon). He is traded to the Boston Red Sox as the Montreal Lepos can no longer afford to pay him. He signs a 6 year, 75 million dollar contract with them which is the highest paid baseball player of that time. Ramon’s career slows down with a tear in his shoulder, as Pedro continues to sour through the skies with talent. Again, in the end, the brothers end up on the same team as Ramon too joins the Red Sox. Classroom Connections: Since Growing Up Pedro is a biography, you could use this text to lead the students in a few directions. You could lead into the importance of baseball in our history, you could discuss baseball more in depth, or you could do research on another famous baseball player.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily Sands

    Growing Up Pedro is a very inspiring true story based upon brotherhood and baseball captured together in this trying tale. Pedro had dreamed of the day he and his brother, Ramon, could play together in the major leagues. Matt Tabares tells the story of how that dream eventually came true for the brothers. The author-illustrator shows the power of a brotherly bond and hard determination can help rise you to the top. The love between the brothers is key to the tale told within the picture book, th Growing Up Pedro is a very inspiring true story based upon brotherhood and baseball captured together in this trying tale. Pedro had dreamed of the day he and his brother, Ramon, could play together in the major leagues. Matt Tabares tells the story of how that dream eventually came true for the brothers. The author-illustrator shows the power of a brotherly bond and hard determination can help rise you to the top. The love between the brothers is key to the tale told within the picture book, this love helps Pedro Martinez grow from the his day throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star. The tale itself is complete by using the ties of family to help readers connect to the book. I loved the watercolor paintings. The paintings lovingly depict both players, from boyhood to adulthood, giving the book a smooth and calming feel. Tavares capture some of the iconic images of Pedro being sure to capture the intensity he had when pitching on the mound, goofing off in the bullpen, texture of life in the Dominican Republic and even being taped to a pole by his teammates as a prank. This is more than a book about brotherhood, it is about hard work paying off, and overcoming odds and obstacles. Ultimately the book is a great for a story about fulfilling your life dreams.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Growing up Pedro is a well written, beautifully illustrated children's biography. I enjoyed that the book started and ended in the same location- even ends with a repeat of a sentence at the beginning of the book. That gave the book a nice feeling that showed how much Pedro admired and cared for his brother. The illustrations, as usual, did a beautiful job capturing the emotions and action of the story. I particularly liked the use of the smaller illustrations for smaller aspects of the story- l Growing up Pedro is a well written, beautifully illustrated children's biography. I enjoyed that the book started and ended in the same location- even ends with a repeat of a sentence at the beginning of the book. That gave the book a nice feeling that showed how much Pedro admired and cared for his brother. The illustrations, as usual, did a beautiful job capturing the emotions and action of the story. I particularly liked the use of the smaller illustrations for smaller aspects of the story- laying in bed dreaming about the future, etc. I was also happy to see that Pedro learned from the challenges his brother faced in order to make his path easier. My only complaint is that the text format makes it look like the story is going to rhyme and it doesn't. I'm glad is doesn't- I don't think it would have worked well with the story, but it was a little distracting at first. However, it's possible that the story is meant to be read in a rhythm that I just didn't pick up without reading it out loud.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Doland

    For young baseball fans. I especially like how Tavares portrays the enduring friendship between Pedro and his older brother Ramon.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    In this case we have life, to a degree, imitating art; art created to inspire and demonstrate acts of patience, practice, perseverance and paying it forward. Growing Up Pedro: How The Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues (Candlewick Press, February 10, 2015) written and illustrated by Matt Tavares, highly respected author/illustrator of baseball biographies and fictional picture book stories about baseball, paints us a vivid portrait with his wor In this case we have life, to a degree, imitating art; art created to inspire and demonstrate acts of patience, practice, perseverance and paying it forward. Growing Up Pedro: How The Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues (Candlewick Press, February 10, 2015) written and illustrated by Matt Tavares, highly respected author/illustrator of baseball biographies and fictional picture book stories about baseball, paints us a vivid portrait with his words and images about two baseball greats. My full recommendation: http://librariansquest.blogspot.com/2...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alison Smolinski

    I’m a huge sports fan and absolutely love reading about the journeys of how professional athletes got to where they are today. This book is a wonderful picture book biography of the baseball player Pedro Martinez. The book starts by showing Pedro growing up and looking up to his older brother, Ramon in poverty in the Dominican Republic. Many details about his baseball career are included, but what really makes this book stand out to me is the importance of family and the close relationship he sh I’m a huge sports fan and absolutely love reading about the journeys of how professional athletes got to where they are today. This book is a wonderful picture book biography of the baseball player Pedro Martinez. The book starts by showing Pedro growing up and looking up to his older brother, Ramon in poverty in the Dominican Republic. Many details about his baseball career are included, but what really makes this book stand out to me is the importance of family and the close relationship he shares with his brother. I think a lot of children that are sports fans would love to read this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    This is a beautifully illustrated nonfiction book that tells the story of a famous pitcher from the Dominican Republic. Sports fans will definitely appreciate the story of how a youngster worked hard to become one of the best pitchers ever. But everyone can appreciate the story of how close Pedro was to his brother, Ramon. The story also highlights the way the Martinez brothers used their fame and fortune to make life better for their friends and family back in the Dominican Republic. I'm excite This is a beautifully illustrated nonfiction book that tells the story of a famous pitcher from the Dominican Republic. Sports fans will definitely appreciate the story of how a youngster worked hard to become one of the best pitchers ever. But everyone can appreciate the story of how close Pedro was to his brother, Ramon. The story also highlights the way the Martinez brothers used their fame and fortune to make life better for their friends and family back in the Dominican Republic. I'm excited to add this book to my classroom library.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Age: K-2nd Family: Brothers Nonfiction: Biography Sport: Baseball Ramon and Pedro Martinez both grow up with a passion for playing baseball in the village of Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. Eventually their perseverance leads them to two successful careers in the U.S. This bio stands out for its emphasis on brotherly love and support that launches Pedro to be the best in Major League Baseball. The text was interesting without feeling too decorative and the supplemental material, including a graph o Age: K-2nd Family: Brothers Nonfiction: Biography Sport: Baseball Ramon and Pedro Martinez both grow up with a passion for playing baseball in the village of Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. Eventually their perseverance leads them to two successful careers in the U.S. This bio stands out for its emphasis on brotherly love and support that launches Pedro to be the best in Major League Baseball. The text was interesting without feeling too decorative and the supplemental material, including a graph of Pedro's stats, was the perfect touch for kids that want a little more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vernon Area Public Library KIDS

    Ramon and Pedro Martinez both grow up with a passion for playing baseball in the village of Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. Eventually their perseverance leads them to two successful careers in the U.S. This bio stands out for its emphasis on brotherly love and support that launches Pedro to be the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. The text was interesting without feeling too decorative and the supplemental material, including a graph of Pedro's stats, was the perfect touch for kids that wa Ramon and Pedro Martinez both grow up with a passion for playing baseball in the village of Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. Eventually their perseverance leads them to two successful careers in the U.S. This bio stands out for its emphasis on brotherly love and support that launches Pedro to be the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. The text was interesting without feeling too decorative and the supplemental material, including a graph of Pedro's stats, was the perfect touch for kids that want a little more. Reviewed by: Kelsey Cole-Burns, Youth Services, Vernon Area Public Library

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Croaning

    This is a wonderful picture book biography of Pedro Martinez. The book starts by showing Pedro growing up in the shadow of his older brother, Ramon, in poverty in the Dominican Republic. Many details about his stellar baseball career are included, but what makes this book stand out is the importance of family and the close relationship he shares with Ramon. Fans of baseball, who want a shorter biography, will really enjoy Growing Up Pedro. There is an author's note and bibliography in the back. This is a wonderful picture book biography of Pedro Martinez. The book starts by showing Pedro growing up in the shadow of his older brother, Ramon, in poverty in the Dominican Republic. Many details about his stellar baseball career are included, but what makes this book stand out is the importance of family and the close relationship he shares with Ramon. Fans of baseball, who want a shorter biography, will really enjoy Growing Up Pedro. There is an author's note and bibliography in the back.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    A picture book bio about Pedro Martinez that does a great job of highlighting his incredible career, but equally balances it with his admiration for his older brother and his love for his home, the Dominican Republic. Watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations. Back matter includes an author's note, stats, and a bibliography. This is a great read, even for fans who don't regularly watch/play baseball or follow sports because it is born from something most readers can relate to: a deep love of A picture book bio about Pedro Martinez that does a great job of highlighting his incredible career, but equally balances it with his admiration for his older brother and his love for his home, the Dominican Republic. Watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations. Back matter includes an author's note, stats, and a bibliography. This is a great read, even for fans who don't regularly watch/play baseball or follow sports because it is born from something most readers can relate to: a deep love of family, especially the bond between siblings. Recommended for grades 4-6+.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pam Page

    A great story about Ramon and Pedro Martinez and their success in the Major Leagues of baseball. The story is about so much more than their success as athletes but their close relationship as brothers who encouraged and motivated each other. I especially kept thinking about the model athletes they are for children! Matt Tavares has written and illustrated a beautiful book that children will enjoy as well as adults! Be sure to read the author's note at the end. A great story about Ramon and Pedro Martinez and their success in the Major Leagues of baseball. The story is about so much more than their success as athletes but their close relationship as brothers who encouraged and motivated each other. I especially kept thinking about the model athletes they are for children! Matt Tavares has written and illustrated a beautiful book that children will enjoy as well as adults! Be sure to read the author's note at the end.

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