Baseball's Best: Five True Stories (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 5 Book)

Baseball's Best: Five True Stories (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 5 Book)

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by Andrew Gutelle
     
 

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Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Hank Aaron—five amazing baseball legends. From the first black man to play major-league ball to the longest hitting streak ever, these are some of the game’s most inspiring stories. Find out what unforgettable feats won each player a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.See more details below

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Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Hank Aaron—five amazing baseball legends. From the first black man to play major-league ball to the longest hitting streak ever, these are some of the game’s most inspiring stories. Find out what unforgettable feats won each player a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Profiles of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemento, and Hank Aaron are included in this Level 5 "Step into Reading" book. Told in the present tense, each short bio features some memorable moment such as Ruth supposedly calling the shot of his famous homerun in a game against the Chicago Cubs and Jackie Robinson's amazing first season as the first major league African-American baseball player in 1946. Illustrations are a mix of painting and photographs, some of which are blurry and indistinct, but which help break up the substantial but easy text. This book would suit younger interested and proficient readers, but its true appeal is to older less able, mostly boy, readers who want to read about baseball. 2094 (orig. 1990), Random House, Ages 7 to 12.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Guttelle details one outstanding accomplishment of five different major-league baseball Hall of Famers: Babe Ruth's often disputed ``called'' home run, Joe Dimaggio's record 56 consecutive game hitting streak, Jackie Robinson's breaking the major league baseball ``color barrier,'' Robert Clemente's 300th hit and tragic death, and Henry Aaron's 715 home runs that broke Ruth's seemingly invincible record. Each is described in less than ten pages, allowing for little background information about either the feat or the ballplayer. Undistinguished illustrations and stock black-and-white photographs accompany the text. No table of contents or appendices are included. While the book is factually accurate, there is some fictionalizing of thought and dialogue, and the writing style is quite dry despite the inclusion of an occasional exclamatory sentence. Strictly for voracious young baseball fans. --Tom S. Hurlburt, Rio Rancho Public Library, NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394809830
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Series:
Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 5 Book
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
118,109
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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