Article Title

Growing Up Pedro


Cynthia Frazier


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Matt Tavares, Biography, Baseball, Pitcher, Dominican Republic, Poverty, ESL, Brothers, Family, Determination, Goals, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


Many children dream of becoming a famous musician, dancer, Olympic gymnast, or a professional athlete. Few actually see their dreams become a reality even after years of lessons, meets, recitals, and games. Brothers Ramon and Pedro Martinez, poor boys in the Dominican Republic, dream of becoming famous big league baseball players. As Ramon leaves his homeland to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, young Pedro remains at home with his desire to follow his older brother into a baseball career. He practices every day with the baseball glove his brother bought for him and he works hard to learn to speak English. He is becoming a very good pitcher, better than anyone else in his country, but Pedro is much smaller and skinnier than his brother Ramon. People wonder if he is big and strong enough to pitch in the big leagues.