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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Brown House Books (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976793806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976793809
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a terrific little book for Red Sox rooters, young and old. Read...relive...share the joy." --Stephen King, Author

“..an amazing depiction of events....forever read to the young Red Sox faithful. They will know to always ‘Believe.’” --Johnny Damon, Outfielder for the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox

“What a truly inspirational book. It gave me goose bumps to relive the way we won the 2004 World Series.” --Tim Wakefield, Pitcher for the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox

About the Author

Melinda R. Boroson was born in Pennsylvania, but she is the mother of two native Bostonians, born within home-run distance of Fenway Park. She graduated from Princeton University in 1973 as a member of its first co-educational class. Melinda lives with her husband outside Boston. This is her first book.

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It's well written and beautifully illustrated.
Aimee M. Meacham
I liked it so much I bought another copy for myself... this makes a great keepsake and will be enjoyed by Red Sox fans of any age!
K. Cornette
As a huge Red Sox fan since I was a child (I am in my late 50's)I loved this book!
Mary E. Volonino

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aimee M. Meacham on July 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my fourth grade class and they loved it!!!! It's well written and beautifully illustrated. Great for all ages! I would highly recommend the book for anyone who is a Red Sox fan--it's a must-have!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Cornette on April 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully-illustrated children's book starts with Great-Grandpa watching the Red Sox in 1918 and celebrates in detail the 2004 victory from the playoffs through the Duck Boat parade. The pictures and text are wonderfully detailed and (best of all for a diehard fan like me) accurate, from the bloody sock to watching the late-night playoff games in bed to Roberts' steal to the victory parade.

It's recommended for ages 4-8, but my friend's 3-year-old already enjoys picking out Curt Schilling, Jason Varitek, and Johnny Damon in the pictures. I liked it so much I bought another copy for myself... this makes a great keepsake and will be enjoyed by Red Sox fans of any age!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 16, 2007
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I've been a Red Sox fan now since the mid-60's and have lived and died a thousand deaths with this team. But all of those years of suffering were completely erased thanks to the efforts of that great 2004 team of "idiots".

In my late 40's, I became a father for the first time and it goes without saying that despite the fact that I'm now living in Toronto, my son, Brandon, is going to grow up a Red Sox fan. Red Sox Nation is not limited to the New England area - Red Sox fans can be found everywhere.

I can't wait to spend some time with Brandon reading this book. I love the pictures - I know he will too - and I really enjoyed the short and poignant story that traced the history of this team from the early 20th century to the 2004 World Series.

All of the characters that we came to love are profiled briefly in these pages. The book conveys the wonderful connection that these guys had with entire families - fans of the Red Sox young and old. There is a wonderful drawing of a husband and wife in bed together - the husband is wearing his Red Sox cap and you know it's late as they watch the game that was Game 4 of the ALCS when Papi won it with a home run in extra innings. Who can ever forget the Red Sox winning two playoff games within the span of 24 hours..!!

It doesn't matter how old you are - this is a wonderful book and I'm hoping that some day when my young son is all grown up and has a young boy of his own, that he'll read it with him some day too.

Thanks for 2004, Red Sox - I love you guys..!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Volonino on January 9, 2007
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As a huge Red Sox fan since I was a child (I am in my late 50's)I loved this book! It traces the Red Sox quest for a World Series Championship which they could not win for 86 Years!

A story for all ages. I gave this as a gift to more than 10 people last year and I just purchased two more for gifts this year. A wonderful story for all baseball fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2007
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Although this is a children's book, people of all ages will delight in it. The illustrations are genuine masterpieces.

The book warms up with a Red Sox game in 1918. Somebody's Great-Grandfather watches that game and celebrates the Red Sox' 2004 victory, poignantly reminicing about that 1918 victory. At the time of this review, Boston is celebrating the 2007 Sweep in the World Series against the Colorado Rockies! Go Boston!

Dirty Water was the anthem of the 2007 World Series. The Standells' classic was very a propos!

The illustrations bring history into the picture, literally with the Duck Float Parade; the 1918 lineup and the excitement of the game! Varitek, who helped the Red Sox barrel into victory in 2004 was also part of the Victory Team in 2007! Go, Boston!

I recommend this book for everyone. If you like good baseball and you love Boston, then you want this book. It will hit a home run into the hearts of all readers, just as Lowell hit that winning home run in Game 4 of the 2007 World Series! Go Boston!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Curtis on November 8, 2007
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Our small grandson received one as he joined his dad and grandfathers (yes, one lives near Denver) for the current World Series. In his Red Sox regalia, he wanted it read to him again and again. His great-grandfather had seen the last Series before this one, just like the book talks about, and anyone with children who need to be raised as True Believers should make sure they have a copy to pass on to their children in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LoMo on September 22, 2007
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Excellent book for any Red Sox fan young or old. Great story for the young, great nostalgia for the not-so-young! A must for any Bostonian!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KTeacher on July 9, 2007
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I received this book as a shower gift for my daughter 3 years ago. It has since become one of her (and our entire family's) favorite read-alouds. This poetic account of the miraculous 2004 Red Sox post season is a must have for all members of Red Sox nation young and old. If you are a Sox fan, you really should own this book.
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