Salt in His Shoes is an inspirational story of Michael Jordan. It begins when young Michael is struggling at basketball due to his lack of height. Frustrated and disappointed, Michael asks his mother how he can grow taller. She tells him to put salt in his shoes and to say a prayer every night. To hinder Michael’s questioning, his mother tells him that he must be patient and make sure he says his prayers nightly. Determined, Michael not only follows his mother’s suggestions but also practices basketball skills at home. When Michael realizes that he has not grown even an inch taller, he worries that he will never be good at basketball. His father reassures him that he already is a great player and just needs continued practice, determination, and his best efforts. After listening to his father, Michael jumps up and heads to the park for a basketball game. Read the book to find out if all of his hard work and prayers paid off!
This book would be good for fourth graders. It has great pictures and offers a wonderful tale of hard work and determination. It also allows students to see how an amazingly talented basketball player got his start!
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