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Say-Hey and the Babe: Two Mostly True Baseball Stories

Say-Hey and the Babe: Two Mostly True Baseball Stories

Spring 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Neil Waldman
Illustrator: Neil Waldman
ISBN: 0-8234-1857-X
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Few sports have inspired as much art and literature as baseball, and Neil Waldman's new picture book about “The Great Bambino” adds another tale to a growing mythology. Here, a ball once signed by Babe Ruth and the legendary 1927 New York Yankees takes a stranger-than-fiction journey that happens to converge with another notable ball-one hit by Willie Mays of the 1951 New York Mets. Waldman freely blends fact with legend in a narrative that sometimes seems disjointed. But the spirits of the eras represented are vividly portrayed, including not only the sights and sounds but the smells and the distinct local dialects. There are plenty of fascinating sidebars on baseball, immigrant history, New York neighborhoods and other subjects, which help the story come alive. Waldman's illustrations are a combination of pen-and-ink monotone and watercolor/acrylic/graphite color, giving the whole book a vintage scrapbook feel. Mostly true or mostly fantasy, baseball fans young and old will certainly want to have a look at this book.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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