Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Smithsonian Institution American Favoritesby Jack Norworth, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator)
In this rendering of the beloved song Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Jim Burke captures an exciting era of America's favorite pastime - as well as the incredible story of one controversial contest that went down in the history books: In 1908, the year the anthem was written, one of the all-time most memorable match-ups in baseball history occurred when the New York Giants faced the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs with their greatest weapon - Christy Mathewson, the greatest pitcher in Giants history and America's first true sports superstar.
Filled with fan-pleasing trivia and nostalgic paintings, here is a remarkable orchestration that brings the sights, sounds and smells of the ballpark, a century ago, vividly to life.
This picture book, with a CD embedded in its cover, presents a simplified introduction to the classic baseball sing-along. As a boy and his father enjoy a game, illustrations bear out each verse of the chorus. Two pages of notes follow, along with the complete lyrics to Jack Norworth's 1908 and 1927 versions of the song. The notes briefly explain its history, including the fact that Norworth attended his first major-league game in 1940. There are also a few words about Harry Caray, legendary announcer, who was known for singing along to the tune during broadcasts. Pamintuan's cartoonlike digital graphics are exaggerated and practically pop off the page. The CD adds little: readers can listen along to the simple text and hear the chorus repeated over and over. While the snippets of information may hold some appeal to baseball fans, the overall effect is underwhelming. Steer young readers to Jim Burke's Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Little, Brown, 2006) for a delightful introduction to the song's history and a lively glimpse of baseball's early days.
Marilyn TaniguchiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
"CARLY SIMON is an internationally renowned singer and songwriter who has won two Grammy® Awards, as well as a Hall of Fame Grammy, an Oscar®, and a Golden Globe® Award for "Let the River Run" from the film Working Girl. In 1994, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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