Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Babe Ruth And The Baseball Curse David A Kelly

Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse by David A. Kelly Illus.by Tim Jessell This is an excellent early chapter book for baseball fans. It opens with the 2003 playoffs and the Red Sox 5 outs away from the World Series. They lose to the Yankees again, the author takes this has an opportunity to go back in baseball time. He talks about Babe Ruth as a child, how he got his nick name, and what type of person he was on and off the field. As well as Ruth's success with the Red Sox, and all the heartbreaking loses after they sold him to the Yankees. There are only a few illustrations sprinkled throughout the book but they're wonderful. A nice clean classic look enhancing the story. Two of my favorites are the Cardinals player slide into home from the 1918 World Series and from the 1986 World Series when the ball rolls past Buckner. (though I may be a little biased) The author does an excellent job with this book, all the facts are there. The book includes the 2004 Playoffs, between the Yankees and the Red Sox. There's enough suspense in that series for its own book. There was almost a riot in one game, its the first time ever a team has come back from 3 games down to win a 7 games series, and Curt Schilling pitching with a bloody sock. Budding baseball fans will love Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse. For parents who are baseball fans it would make a great bedtime read for older kids. Ages 5up

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