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Children's LiteratureProfiles 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.