Becoming Babe Ruth

Becoming Babe Ruth

by Matt Tavares


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Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares’s striking homage to one of baseball’s legends offers a rare view into Babe Ruth’s formative years in “the House that built Ruth.”

Before he is known as the Babe, George Herman Ruth is just a boy who lives in Baltimore and gets into a lot of trouble. But when he turns seven, his father brings him to the gates of Saint Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, and his life is changed forever. At Saint Mary’s, he’s expected to study hard and follow a lot of rules. But there is one good thing about Saint Mary’s: almost every day, George gets to play baseball. Here, under the watchful eye of Brother Matthias, George evolves as a player and as a man, and when he sets off into the wild world of big-league baseball, the school, the boys, and Brother Matthias are never far from his heart. With vivid illustrations and clear affection for his subject, Matt Tavares sheds light on an icon who learned early that life is what you make of it — and sends home a message about honoring the place from which you came.
Back matter includes an author’s note, Babe Ruth’s career statistics, and a bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763687687
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Series: Candlewick Biographies Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 369,997
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Zachary’s Ball, Oliver’s Game, Mudball, Henry Aaron’s Dream, and There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived. He is also the illustrator of The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup and Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport, among other picture books. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

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Well-researched, realistic illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and pencil, depict early-twentieth-century life and Major League Baseball during Ruth’s era. Equally important, the art captures Ruth’s irrepressible personality and joy in playing baseball. Yes, the eyes definitely twinkle.

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Becoming Babe Ruth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AN ALL-STAR PICTURE BOOK: Matt Tavares follows up on his winning biography of Ted Williams with BECOMING BABE RUTH. The book focuses on Ruth's youth, showing a softer side of him than the traditional "adult" biographies favor. Ruth never forgot the teacher that befriended him. This is a tale of gratitude that any age baseball fan would love. Lastly, appreciate the art in this book. Tavares doesn't simply reproduce vintage photographs. This illustrator is an artist. Standing ovation!