Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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Jenny and Joanna love their imaginative and exciting grandmother. It's hard to guess what Grandma is going to do next. But this time, when the old lady arrives to take them to an outing, Jenny and Joanna are really puzzled. Their parents protest. It's a school day! What could be more important than school? But Grandma won't take no for an answer. And with the promise, "Just this once," she whisks them off to Yankee Stadium for an unforgettable afternoon at the ballgame.

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Overview

Jenny and Joanna love their imaginative and exciting grandmother. It's hard to guess what Grandma is going to do next. But this time, when the old lady arrives to take them to an outing, Jenny and Joanna are really puzzled. Their parents protest. It's a school day! What could be more important than school? But Grandma won't take no for an answer. And with the promise, "Just this once," she whisks them off to Yankee Stadium for an unforgettable afternoon at the ballgame.

Set to the lyrics of the seventh-inning-stretch baseball anthem, Take Me Out to the Ballgame is an exuberant romp. Preschoolers and early readers will sing along as they share in the excitement of banners, hot dogs, a roaring crowd, rooting for the home team - all part of the glory that is baseball. A perfect book for beginner readers, boisterous singers, and all future fans of America's favourite sport.

The lyrics of the familiar song, with illustrations showing two baseball-mad girls enjoying a ball game with their grandmother.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kovalski ( The Wheels on the Bus ; Jingle Bells ) prefaces her lively version of Norwell's familiar refrain with a new verse that tells the story of two sisters who--like the Katie Casey of the original--are ``baseball mad.'' The story of Jenny and Joanna and their eccentric grandmother parallels the text of the original song as the threesome enjoys a high-powered game at the stadium. When the girls let go of their red balloon, Grandma in her red polka-dotted dress climbs out of the bleachers just in time to catch the winning baseball that (inexplicably) seems to have been hit on the third strike. Kovalski's characters and black outlined cartoons are filled with mirth and action but the awkwardly phrased new verse and the contrived illustrations, which often have little to do with the lyrics, make this a less satisfying songbook than her earlier efforts. Though Kovalski's rendition evinces considerable kid appeal, it nevertheless suffers to some extent by comparison with Alec Gillman's recent more exuberant and inventive version of the classic tune. Ages 5-8. (Apr. )
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
For sports and song fans three and up, there's Maryann Kovalski's version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. This is the third song that Kovalski translated into story. She uses the same starring players in each book. There's a doting grandmother and two grandchildren who are always ready for adventure. Kovalski adds her special humor to bring alive baseball's classic song. The book's end is as exciting as an extra inning as the devoted grandma, chasing down a balloon, catches a fly, and becomes the team hero!
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- When their grandmother offers to take them on an outing, baseball fans Jenny and Joanna unhesitatingly elect a ball game. Singing the familiar chorus, which provides the text for the rest of the story, they enjoy peanuts and Cracker Jack and root for the home team. Then, when grandma reaches for a flyaway balloon, she blocks the ball and engineers the third strike--and out-- ``At the old ball game!'' Any fans worth their salt will object to a pop fly being called a strike, and will look askance at the woman's obvious interference and infraction of the rules. But Kovalski's tale is not so much about baseball as much as it is about a grandmother who, despite her girth, her high heels, and red polka-dot dress, is a great sport and good companion at the ball park. As a follow up to this humorous book, and for more information on Norworth's famous song and the history of baseball, see Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Four Winds, 1993) illustrated by Alec Gillman, which describes a critical game in the 1947 World Series and the origin of the song. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550418996
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 636,168
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Maryann Kovalski, one of Canada's most beloved children's writers/illustrators, has received many honours, including the Governor General's Award shortlist, a CLA Notable, a Parent's Choice Illustrator's Honour, and two nominations for the Mr. Christie's Book Award. She is the author of many children's books, including Omar On Ice, Omar's Halloween, Jingle Bells, and Rain, Rain.

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