Playoff Dreams

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Brendan is one of the best players in the league, but no matter how hard he tries, he can't make his team win.

Brendan, the best player on a losing baseball team, learns a lesson from a Chicago Cubs all-star about the true value of the game.

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Brendan is one of the best players in the league, but no matter how hard he tries, he can't make his team win.

Brendan, the best player on a losing baseball team, learns a lesson from a Chicago Cubs all-star about the true value of the game.

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Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
Brendan Fanning is frustrated and angry: he is the star player on a team that seems to be going nowhere. Even when he plays his best, his teammates make errors that prevent his playoff dreams from ever becoming a reality. But Brendan's attitude changes when his Uncle Jack takes him to a game at Wrigley Field. There Brendan learns of Ernie Banks, who played in more games than any other major leaguer without ever playing in a playoff game or World Series during his nineteen-year Hall-of-Fame career. Readers will enjoy the baseball action interwoven with a little Cubs history in this story with positive messages about teamwork and winning.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
With warm weather comes the crack of bat against ball. For young baseball lovers, Fred Bowen offers a good read in the fourth book of his "AllStar SportStory" series. In Playoff Dreams, Brendan is a star player for the Cubs, whose lackluster record seems to mirror that of the Major League team of the same name. But Brendan tries to learn from the example of Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks (who never made a play-off game with the losing Cubs) and is rewarded at the end with insight and a special gift.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5Brendan is the best player on his team, but he feels "it's gonna be a long season," if his team doesn't start winning some games soon. After his Uncle Jack takes him to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, Brendan learns about other players who have been talented but have never made it to the playoffs or the World Series. His uncle explains, "It's like your team....They aren't winning, but you wouldn't want to play for another team, would you?" This is the fourth book in a series that uses actual sports heroes to reinforce a positive attitude among young athletes. Here, it is Ernie Banks, who hit over 500 home runs but usually played for a team that finished near the bottom of the league. Appealing pen-and-ink illustrations enhance the text, but the cover art doesn't reach out to potential readers. A fine purchase if other titles in the series have circulated well.Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455072
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Series: All-Star Sport Story Ser.
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 403,224
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

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    Best book I ever read

    I loved this book. I really got into it. I felt like I was the main character. I will definitely read more of their books.

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