Sir Donald Bradman by Dawn Meredith
This book is an interesting read. It provides a good, fact-based overview of an Australian Legend – Sir Donald Bradman. I particularly enjoyed reading about Sir Donald Bradman as he was a sporting hero that was talked about and referred to when I was younger.
I found the structure of the information in the book to be different. For some parts I would have liked a little more explanation, however the story is written in an easy to read, key facts and figures style. On reflection, I believe this to be an appropriate style for cricket-lovers and those interested in data and statistics.
A statement that I really enjoyed reading was, “Bradman didn’t copy other players. He developed his own strokes. He had quick reflexes, fast feet and keen eyes.” For me this summed up why he was a great. He was himself, he knew his strengths and he understood how to use them to the best of his ability. I would have loved to have seen Sir Donald Bradman play… it would have been amazing!
I also enjoyed reading the section that explained how the English cricketers used the ‘bodyline’ tactic against Bradman and the Australian team. This section reminded me of why cricket is a popular and significant Australian sport. Cricket is a sport of strategy, requiring a keen eye and fast reflexes. It is also a game where rules are expected to be followed and where players play within a realm of fairness. Although the ‘bodyline’ tactic was deemed to be within the rules it just was not cricket. Thankfully this dangerous tactic was subsequently banned from the game.
For me this was an enjoyable read. I also think that the image credits at the end of the book are a useful display for children to learn about what a bibliography or reference list is.
CKT Book Reviewer