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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy scores big with this children's book (a dual review - DWD's 8 year-old daughter as co-reviewer)

Tony Dungy is a successful author, family man, public speaker, and a fine example of how to be a Christian gentlemen. Oh, he also manages to coach an NFL team in my city, the Indianapolis Colts.

Tony Dungy
In You Can Do It Tony takes us back to his childhood in Michigan and tells the story of his little brother, Linden, who is a cut-up in class but can't seem to find his way. He can't figure out what is his "it". Tony is an athlete. His sisters take care of animals. What is his thing, his "it"?

To Dungy's credit, the story is simple, but not preachy and not so simple that it bores the adult reader. I read right to the end and was genuinely interested in seeing how it came out. The illustrations are perfect and really help tell the story.

My daughter, an 8 year-old and an excellent reader liked the story as well. She liked the way Dungy addressed the issue of Linden not knowing what he wanted to be when he grew up. What kid has not wondered what he or she will do when he or she grows up? (Right now she wants to be a combination waitress/veterinarian/race car driver with Danica Patrick) She also liked the fact that it mentioned prayer and God.

If this is the quality of work we can expect from Tony Dungy, I hope he comes out with many more books.

I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.

This book can be found on Amazon.com here: You Can Do It!

Reviewed on July 21, 2008.

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