The Bambino and Me

The Bambino and Me

Book - 2014
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For his birthday, George gets tickets to see his favorite team, the New York Yankees, play the Boston Red Sox, but George is horrified when his mother makes him wear the Boston Red Sox baseball jersey and cap his uncle gave him to the game.
Publisher: Plattsburgh, New York : Tundra Books, [2014]
ISBN: 9781770496279
1770496270
Branch Call Number: CJ H
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.) + 1 poster
Additional Contributors: Pullen, Zachary - Illustrator

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brangwinn
Aug 07, 2015

This is a well-told picture book story about a baseball-loving 10 year old boy living in the Bronx in 1927. His hero is Babe Ruth and his excitement about his birthday gift of tickets to see the Yankee-Red Sox game is tempered by his mother’s insistence that George wear his uncle’s gift, a Red Sox jersey, to the game. But when it turns out he seems to have jinxed the Red Sox, the boo’s of his neighbors turns to cheers for him. And when he gets to meet the Babe his joy is uncontainable. The artwork is interesting, as is the technique of using walnut oil in the painting. Although I felt the author was stronger at painting portraits of adults than of children, that wasn’t a distraction. The author did a “swell” job of conveying the historical details and the slang of the 1920’s. Originally published in Canada, this book should have an enthusiastic audience in the US. This would be a perfect book to read aloud to compare and contrast baseball in the 1920’s and now. (LibraryThing review copy)

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