Antle, Nancy. Staying Cool. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Dial, 1997. ISBN 0-8037-1876-4. $14.99. 32 pp. *1-3 PB Reviewed by Jeanne Gubler This is the story of a young black boy whose grandfather owns a gym. The boy goes to the gym all the time, where his grandfather teaches him to box. He seems to lose his focus on boxing when another boxer hits him. He practices until he can overcome his anger and keep control with his sparring partner. He earns the respect of his grandfather, who is willing to enter him in a boxing competition. This is a lovely book about relationships, a young boy's dreams, and discipline. The water-color illustrations are excellent. They portray much of the story and support the theme of the book.
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