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Twice As Good Review by Tess Hamre

Richard Michelson
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Sleeping Bear Press
315 Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Twice as Good is the “positive and powerful story” of William Powell.  It’s the story of Clearview, the “only golf course designed, built and owned by an African American.”  It is also the story of “the American spirit, and Americans of all ages and races will identify with the never-give-in, never-give-up attitude.”

As a homeschool mom I am not sure if I am able to turn the teacher part of my brain off when I read a book. As I read Twice as Good, my brain began to categorize the ways I could use this book.  I could talk about themes; how the author uses repeated phrases such as “twice as good” or “they all liked him. But now they looked away.”  I could use it to introduce the game of golf or as a biography. I could use it as an example to teach my children the value of hard work and determination. I did use it to fulfill an assignment for my developmentally delayed daughter.  Her writing curriculum required me to read a picture book biography aloud.

I think this book is worth reading. I think it is a great story and told well. I think it is a story that needs to be told, but I do not think I would have purchased this book. However, I would have checked it out from the library.

Product Review by Tess Hamre, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May, 2012