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A Ticket to the Pennant: A Tale of Baseball in Seattle
     

A Ticket to the Pennant: A Tale of Baseball in Seattle

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by Mark Holtzen
 
Before the Seattle Mariners, there were the Seattle Rainiers who are playing for the pennant in this story that shows how baseball unites diverse communities. Tour the Seattle of 1955 with Huey as he and his neighborhood cheer for the Seattle Rainiers. If only Huey can find his missing ticket to the game!
 
This nostalgic and historical picture book

Overview

Before the Seattle Mariners, there were the Seattle Rainiers who are playing for the pennant in this story that shows how baseball unites diverse communities. Tour the Seattle of 1955 with Huey as he and his neighborhood cheer for the Seattle Rainiers. If only Huey can find his missing ticket to the game!
 
This nostalgic and historical picture book follows Huey through South Seattle as he retraces his steps through the charming neighborhood surrounding Sick’s Stadium to find his lost ticket--and follows him through the big game to victory. Neighbors from all different backgrounds listen to the game, announced by the beloved Leo Lassen, as Huey visits locally owned shops like the Italian bakery and the Japanese fish market. Featuring the vibrant retro illustrations by Larry Gets Lost series creator John Skewes, Ticket to the Pennant celebrates diversity and will be cherished by baseball fans young and old.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
An SCBWI Summer Reading Pick! 

"Skewes’ bright, retro-flavored cartoons complement the text, vividly capturing the time and place as well as Huey’s changing emotions. Sweet and wistful nostalgia for a bygone era."
—Kirkus Reviews

"A 32 page celebration of a time when baseball was the only game in town."
—KING-5 TV Evening Magazine

"People who know Seattle baseball or the Rainier Valley neighborhood will enjoy this trip down memory lane." 
—Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media

“This is a book for young sports fans...but also for readers of any age who crave a sense of history and community.”
—NW Book Lovers

"[A] great book about a much-loved aspect of the history of our area." 
—Gather Here 

"[A] gorgeous new picture book...featuring beautiful retro-style illustrations from John Skewes"
—The Winged Pen

“Even if you are not a baseball fan, I promise you will also warm to Mark Holtzen’s slice of Seattle history.”
Newbery Honor-Winning Author Kirby Larson

“A Ticket to the Pennant will engage every baseball fan from Seattle on the west coast to Baltimore on the east, and every place between.”
Kid Lit Reviews

“Shows how baseball unites diverse communities.”
—Northwest Asian Weekly

School Library Journal
03/01/2016
PreS-Gr 2—In this picture book tale, a boy scurries around his 1950s Seattle neighborhood looking for his lost ticket to the day's championship game. Friendly neighbors and small business owners try to help until Huey discovers that he put it inside his baseball cap. The familiar lost ticket plot is an excuse for a nostalgic visit to this diverse neighborhood, with its mom-and-pop storefronts, Italian bakeries, and Japanese fishmongers. Like Huey, all are fans of their beloved minor league team, the Seattle Rainiers, predecessors to today's Major League Mariners. The 1955 Rainiers contended for the Pacific Coast League's pennant, led by talented players including Bobby Balcena, a fan favorite and the first player of Filipino descent to play in the major leagues (seven games with Cincinnati in 1956). As the ballpark action reaches its climax, announcer Leo Lassen's colorful play-by-play sets the mood: "Not a fingernail left in the stadium, folks." An author's note adds information on Balcena and the history of the Rainiers. Cartoon illustrations with lots of period detail further add to the book's nostalgic look. VERDICT A slight but still appealing story for baseball fans, especially in the Pacific Northwest; this may also interest teachers looking to enliven social studies and U.S. history units.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
2016-02-17
Huey frantically searches for his ticket to the big game at Sicks' Stadium in Seattle, but he can't find it anywhere. Will he miss the game? In 1955, baseball fans in Seattle cheered for the minor league Rainiers. Olive-skinned Huey has his glove, cap, and shirt and is on his way to see that pennant-decision game, but he needs to find his ticket. He races through his neighborhood, hearing snippets of the pre-game show and the first innings on all the radios as he visits the places where he might have lost the ticket. His neighbors and shopkeepers—representing a variety of ethnic groups—are invariably friendly and encouraging, but none of them has seen the missing ticket. Of course he discovers that he has had it all along, hidden in his hat, and gets to the game by the fourth inning. There, he has a grand time with his neighbors and friends as they watch the Rainiers win the pennant. Holtzen recalls the sights and sounds of 1950s-era Seattle, naming streets and bus routes, shops and shopkeepers, radio announcer and players. Huey is a delightful little baseball lover who remains mostly cheerful and hopeful throughout his ordeal. Skewes' bright, retro-flavored cartoons complement the text, vividly capturing the time and place as well as Huey's changing emotions. Sweet and wistful nostalgia for a bygone era. (Picture book. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781632170033
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
04/12/2016
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
884,283
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Holtzen and his family live in Seattle. He teaches third grade and wrote and published The Pig War, a novel set in the San Juan Islands.
 
John Skewes is a professional illustrator living in Seattle. As the creator and illustrator of the award-winning Larry Gets Lost® children’s book series, John has followed Larry from the southern tip of Texas to tiny Nome, Alaska, and has been lost several times himself.

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A Ticket to the Pennant: A Tale of Baseball in Seattle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
McMarshall 3 months ago
Being a long-term resident of the Seattle area, the streets and many of the landmarks are very familiar, including Borracchinis's bakery (which still exists). However the stadium in the story is long gone. The detailed illustrations capture the clothing, cars, buildings, streets, and community of 1955. When Hueys beloved baseball team plays for the pennant, he is determined to watch. But he lost his ticket. Taking the reader along the streets and through the shops of 1955 South Seattle, Huey re-traces his steps. Only to discover the ticket in an unusual place. Huey finally gets to his seat during the bottom of the ninth inning. The remaining four pages are a nail-biting conclusion to the game. The announcer's commentary throughout makes for a fun story for both baseball fans and history buffs alike. A great book for baseball fans and history buffs