Babe Ruth and the Ice Cream Mess (Ready-to-Read Childhood of Famous Americans Series: Level 2)

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CRASH! Young George (Babe) Ruth sends his friends' baseball right through a kitchen window. George runs in fear all the way to his father's tavern, where he finds a dollar. That's enough money to buy ice cream for all his friends to make up for the lost ball! So he takes it. Even as a boy Babe Ruth was generous. But sometimes, it got him into big trouble....

Seven-year-old George "Babe" Ruth (who would grow up to become a baseball legend) steals a dollar from his ...

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Overview

CRASH! Young George (Babe) Ruth sends his friends' baseball right through a kitchen window. George runs in fear all the way to his father's tavern, where he finds a dollar. That's enough money to buy ice cream for all his friends to make up for the lost ball! So he takes it. Even as a boy Babe Ruth was generous. But sometimes, it got him into big trouble....

Seven-year-old George "Babe" Ruth (who would grow up to become a baseball legend) steals a dollar from his father's saloon to treat his friends to ice cream. Includes timeline.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The "Ready-to-Read" series is divided into levels so that children who are at all reading levels will be able to read books and enjoy them. This book is a Level Two book, designed for children who are starting to read on their own and are ready for larger word challenges. The pictures do a great job of illustrating this story of Babe Ruth. Unfortunately, this book does not clearly teach children about moral values, especially since many young children consider Babe Ruth an idol. The story states that Babe hits a baseball through a window, and then runs away; he steals money from his fathers salon to buy ice cream for his friends and then runs away from his parents when his father is going to punish him for stealing the money. A sentence was included that said, "Sometimes good boys do bad things." With parental guidance, the story could be of value, but without that guidance, this story lacks in moral teaching. The end of the book contains a timetable of Babe Ruth's life. 2004, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 to 7.
—Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This story zeros in on one episode in Ruth's youth and will quickly capture the interest of children. Young George sees a dollar sitting on the bar of his father's tavern and uses it to buy frozen treats for all of the kids on the street. The cartoon artwork portrays the time period (1902) and provides sight clues for new readers. However, the story is sprinkled with a few difficult words (such as "through" and "sighed"), creating stumbling blocks for beginners, and it ends much too abruptly, leaving youngsters frustrated and unsatisfied.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689855290
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 2/24/2004
  • Series: Ready-to-Read Series: Level 2
  • Edition description: First Aladdin Edition, Level 2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 287,822
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman hated to read when he was a kid, then he grew up. Now he writes cool books like The Kid Who Ran for President, Honus & Me, The Million Dollar Shot, Race for the Sky, and The Edison Mystery: Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time. If you want to learn more about Dan or his books, stop by his Web site: www.dangutman.com.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Party Favor

    I bought this book as a party favor for the boys attending my child's ICE CREAM THEMED party. I read the story, but felt it didn't really have an ending... perhaps that is what the author wanted and maybe for the age group that is a good thing. I did not read before I purchased but had I done so, I may have chosen a different book.

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