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Posted May 10, 2012
12 stars, one for each brother
This book is about a family baseball team. There were 16 children in the Acerra family and the 12 boys all loved baseball (imagine if 1 didn't!). This book combines the story of their games with the story of a family that was very close and supportive. The father coached the boys and attended all their games. And the Baseball Hall of Fame honored them for being the longest playing all brother team. (In an author note I learned that there had been many others.)
You have to read this one. No one could make up a story like this but that's probably just as well. It's the truth that makes this one so special.
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Posted January 14, 2013
I am delighted to see more and more picture book biographies bei
I am delighted to see more and more picture book biographies being published. This makes it so much easier to share biographies with younger children. At the same time, picture book biographies have to be carefully done in order to provide enough information without going overboard. I mean how do you provide just enough information to help the reader get an idea of what the person was like, without getting bogged down in details? I firmly believe that it is an art form. Picture books are an art in and of themselves, but picture book biographies require an even more careful hand because the characters are real. Audrey Vernick does a fantastic job of this in Brothers at Bat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Vernick provides enough information to give the reader a taste of what the people are like, without losing her focus on a baseball team made up of only brothers. Sixteen children, twelve of whom were boys, I can only admire their parents. I appreciated the small touches that made the family seem so real, things like the slam, slam, slam of the door as the boys raced out to play. The sharing of beds, the individual portraits that show the familial similarity but also individual differences, all added to the story.
The illustrations are gorgeous and appealing. I'm always amazed when illustrators can create faces from a few lines and shapes. Salerno does a great job of this.
If you are looking for more great picture book biographies, I highly recommend this one.