Archives for February 3, 2018

…a basketball player.

Authors:  Deloris and Roslyn Jordan
Illustrator:  Kadir Nelson

When I grow up, I want to be a basketball player.

This is the perfect book to purchase for a young child who longs to play basketball but feels inadequate in some way.   I’ve already purchased three…   Read the review below and view the video to fully experience Salt in His Shoes.

Depending on the age of the child to whom you are reading this special book, the first question you will be asked when you turn the last page will be:  “But WHY did she put salt in his shoes????”

The answer comes from his mother, author Deloris Jordan: “Mom, I really REALLY want to be tall” Micheal would beg.  “Go put salt in your shoes and pray,” she would tell him.  “He would tell me I was being silly, but I had to pacify him so I could finish dinner,” she said with a laugh.  “Then his dad would walk in and he’d tell him he wanted to be tall.  We’d say, ‘You have it in your heart.  The tallness is within you.  You can be as tall as you want to be in your thinking.’ 

Publishers Weekly Review

The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he’d never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That’s when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion — patience, determination, and hard work.

Deloris Jordan, mother of the basketball phenomenon, teams up with his sister Roslyn to tell this heartwarming and inspirational story that only the members of the Jordan family could tell. It’s a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.

YouTube video  Tyler.Shawn Dunaway