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Just in time for baseball season!

Babe Ruth came from a poor Baltimore family and, as a kid, he was a handful. It was at a reform school that Babe discovered his talent for baseball, and by the age of nineteen, he was on his way to becoming a sports legend. Babe was often out of shape and even more often out on the town, but he had a big heart and an even bigger swing! Kids will learn all about the Home Run King in this rags-to- riches sports...
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Who Was Babe Ruth?

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Overview

Just in time for baseball season!

Babe Ruth came from a poor Baltimore family and, as a kid, he was a handful. It was at a reform school that Babe discovered his talent for baseball, and by the age of nineteen, he was on his way to becoming a sports legend. Babe was often out of shape and even more often out on the town, but he had a big heart and an even bigger swing! Kids will learn all about the Home Run King in this rags-to- riches sports biography. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, a true sports legend is brought to life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101552339
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/5/2012
  • Series: Who Was...? Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 68,503
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Joan Holub
The reason I'm a children's book author/illustrator today is that I have a lot of determination. I practiced drawing and revised my stories over and over because I wanted nothing more than to do what I'm doing now--writing and illustrating children's books.



I always knew I'd become an artist and studied art in college in Texas. After graduating from college, I became an Art Director at a graphic design firm. I moved from Texas to New York to work in children's publishing. I got a job as Associate Art Director in children's books at Scholastic, where I designed books and enjoyed working with editors and illustrators. This was excellent experience.



I illustrated my first children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I had always written stories, but I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990's. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts -- Boo Who? (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset&Dunlap) -- both published in 1997.



Now I write and illustrate full time. It is a great job. When I think of a idea, I write it down so that whenever I finish one story I'll have a bunch of ideas waiting that I can begin working on next. I especially love reading and writing funny stories, weird stories, and animal stories.



Books I've written and illustrated include:


Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat Albert Whitman, 2001 (ages 4-8, picture book)

Abby Cadabra, Super Speller, Grosset&Dunlap, 2000 (ages 6-8, easy reader)

How to Find Lost Treasure in All Fifty States and Canada, Too Aladdin, 2000 (ages 8-12, NF)

The Haunted States of America Aladdin, 2001 (ages 8-12, NF)

Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, 2001 Grosset&Dunlap (ages 6-9, NF)

Happy Monster Day! Scholastic,1999

Pen Pals Grosset&Dunlap, 1997 (ages 6-8, easy reader)

Ivy Green, Cootie Queen Troll, 1998 (ages 7-9)

Red, Yellow, Green What Do Signs Mean? Scholastic, 1998 (ages 4-8)

Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 1997 (ages 1-6)

Eek-A-Boo! A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 2000 (ages 1-6)



Books I've written include:


I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly, Albert Whitman, 1999 (picture book)

Light the Candles, A Hanukkah Lift the Flap Book, Puffin, 2000

The Garden That We Grew Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)

The Pizza That We Made Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)

Scat Cats! Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)

Backwards Day, Scholastic, 2000

Why Do Dogs Bark? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)

Why Do Cats Meow? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)

The Spooky Sleepover, Grosset&Dunlap, 1999 (ages 6-8, easy reader)

Pajama Party Grosset&Dunlap, 1998 (ages 4-7, easy reader)

Space Dogs on Planet K-9 Troll, 1998 (ages 7-10)



Books I've illustrated include:


Breakout at the Bug Lab Dial, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)

Hector's Hiccups Random House, 1999

Shadows Everywhere Scholastic, 1999

Hot Cha-Cha! Winslow Press

No Fair! Scholastic, Hello Math

The 100th Day of School Scholastic

Ten Little Ballerinas Grosset&Dunlap

I Love You Mom Troll

I Love You Dad Troll

My First Book of Sign Language Troll



Answers to questions people sometimes ask me:



1. Where do you get your ideas?


I get ideas many different ways. Sometimes, ideas just pop into my head. I also listen to and watch the people around me for ideas. I read to get ideas. I daydream to get ideas. When I get an idea, I write it down in an idea notebook, so I won't forget it. I think ideas are the easy part of writing. I get lots of ideas for books all the time. Developing them into a book with a beginning, middle and end is the difficult, time-consuming part. The idea is important, but an idea isn't a book until it has been developed into a story that works as a whole from start to finish.



2. When and why did you decide to become an author and artist?


I've been writing and reading stories all of my life. I didn't concentrate on writing children's books until around 1990. In 1991, I began regularly submitting manuscripts to publishers.I began writing because I had story ideas that I thought would make good books. I've always known I would become an artist--ever since kindergarten.



3. Why don't you illustrate all of the books you write?


I haven't had time to illustrate all of the books I write, but I've usually been very happy with the work of the illustrators who have illustrated my books. I wasn't happy with the art in a couple of books, but I don't think it's fair to try and control the artist, so I keep out of the artist's way as much as possible. I continue to illustrate books by other authors as well. I have just as much fun illustrating a book written by someone else as I do illustrating books I write. As long as the story is good, illustrating it is fun.



4. Did you like school when you were a kid?


Most of the time. I got bored during the summer, so I was glad when school started. I loved getting a new lunchbox and choosing what I would wear the first day. But then after about 2 weeks of school, I wished for summer again. I like to read and I made good grades, so school was mostly fun for me.



5. How do you develop your characters and plot?


I've usually already decided on a main charater and 1/4 to 3/4 of a plot before I start writing a story. I just write and work out the rest of the characters and plot as I go along. I have a college art degree, but have no formal training as a writer. I learn the rhythm and structure of stories by reading books and thinking about how they are structured. I also read instructional books about how to write.



6. What is your favorite part about writing? Why?


Getting an idea; finishing a book manuscript; getting an offer from a publisher; and seeing my book in a store are all big thrills. The process of writing is not always fun. But I'm driven to write, and time flies when I'm writing.



7. How hard has it been to get your works published?


It was hard to sell the first manuscript. Then in 1996, I suddenly sold three manuscripts in three months to Grosset&Dunlap and Scholastic.



8. What are your favorite books besides the one(s) you have written?


Spaceship Under the Apple Tree; Martha Speaks; The Giving Tree; A Friend for Dragon; Chrysanthemum; Ruby the Copycat; Marvin Redpost--Is He A Girl?



9. What do you look for in a good book?


Something I think is funny or a feeling I can strongly identify with. A good idea and a memorable plot and characters.



10. Do you have kids or pets? Hobbies?


No kids, but we do have a great cat, who thinks he's our child. For hobbies, I like to hike, bikeride, and read.





























































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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Matthew Ventola

    I would highly recommend this book. After I read this book, I found out that I knew absolutely NOTHING about Babe Ruth. All I knew is that he was the home run king and that he played for the Yankees. But after I read this book, it seems like I have been studying him all my life!

    HIGHLY recommend it.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    A-dog

    It is awesome i love it

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Good book

    This book hits a GRAND SLAM!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Babe Ruth Rocks

    He was an awesome Red Sox player before the Yankees stole him.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    James

    This book is great it will help you learn about babe ruth alot

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Babe!

    Hes the best player ever! I have his autograph. I want that book so bad. Just kidding, if i gad his autigraph, by now i would of sold it and id be a billionare by now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT THAT BOOK, NOW UGHH

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Gi

    Best book for baseball

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Vchcggcc

    Favorite Yankee Player? Ha,easy Babe Ruth!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Who Was Babe Ruth

    This book is so cool it told me so much about george (babe) herman ruth. You'll love it so much it will turn you into a yankees fan if you're not already.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    To josh

    Heyy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Love it

    This is the greatest nook book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Timithy

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Matt

    No im leaving cant read your reviews were over gn

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Wwe

    Get it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Go mets

    Boo ruth but it was fun learning about the babe good job illistraders good job writers but babe ruth was a jerk



    By Andrew Brucato

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Wonderful

    Best book ever

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    Posted February 22, 2012

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    Stupid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    It is the best

    I love who was books omg i love nnnnnnnnnnn i love it nnnnnnnnnnnn

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    Posted June 5, 2014

    Free

    Can i get this for free

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