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Katie Casey is in a league of her own: "She preferred sliding to sewing, batting to baking, and home runs to homecoming." Unfortunately, baseball is not considered ladylike in 1942. But when the male professional baseball players are called away to war, Katie has her chance to step up to the plate. Players in Pigtails, inspired by the movie A League of Their Own, is a delightful tribute to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League created by Chicago Cubs owner Phillip Wrigley during World War II. When author Shana Corey (Milly and the Macy’s Parade, You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!) discovered that the lyrics of the popular 1908 song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" featured a "baseball-mad" girl named Katie Casey, she simply had to share the story with children. Illustrator Rebecca Gibbon captures a gleeful era of women’s baseball in cheerful colors and carefully researched 1940s styles. Young readers will enjoy this exuberant, well-paced picture book about good old-fashioned girl power, complete with an informative and engaging author’s note about the girls’ league along with the lyrics to both "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and the official "Victory Song" of the AAGPBL. (Ages 5 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-Inspired by the movie A League of Their Own about Phillip Wrigley's All-American Girls Professional Baseball League started during World War II, Corey researched and uncovered a little-known verse to the popular song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The verse begins: "Katie Casey was baseball mad/Had the fever and had it bad." The fictional female becomes the main character in this thoroughly charming picture book about a young woman whose "heart just wasn't in home ec" but who "walked baseball- talked baseball" and "even dreamed baseball." Corey takes readers through Katie's disastrous knitting and dancing, her successful tryout for the Kenosha Comets, the charm school the team members were required to attend, and the excitement of the first game. Through lively prose, she perfectly captures the character and spirit of the events described. Gibbon's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations are absolutely delightful, depicting both humor and drama. Even libraries owning Doreen Rappaport and Lyndall Callan's Dirt on Their Skirts (Dial, 2000) should make room on their shelves for this tribute to a brief, but fascinating aspect, of America's sports history.
Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439183057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439183055
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was little, I loved stories about olden-day girls--my favorites were Betsy-Tacy, All-of-a-Kind Family, Little House On the Prairie. Imagine my delight when I went to college and discovered that I could take ENTIRE classes on olden-day girls! I learned to call it women's history, but really--it was the exact same topic I'd been interested in since I was five. Now, I have the great pleasure and honor of editing books for children myself. I also write picture books, most of them true stories about brave women and girls in history. When I'm not writing or editing, I'm usually reading with my two little boys.For additional resources, including lesson plans, book lists, and information on school visits, check out www.shanacorey.com.

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What a great lesson and they loved the story!
Jennifer Hoffman
With wonderful illustrations and an inspiring (and fun) story, this book is an absolute home run!
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I read it to my 22 6th graders and they loved it!!!
Frank Murphy

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Murphy on February 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Shana Corey has crafted another great historical fiction picture book (See YOU FORGOT YOUR SKIRT, AMELIA BLOOMER & MILLIE AND THE MACY'S PARADE). Playful, colorfull illustrations complement a well-paced text (this is a great read-aloud) that delivers a history of the first girl's professional baseball league (see the movie A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN).
Corey's author's note makes this picture book that much more valuable and will allow elementary school teachers to more readily use it with upper grades.
I read it to my 22 6th graders and they loved it!!! The amazing fact that the first line of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" includes the name of a GIRL will surely amaze all readers.
Corey's knack for effectively and poetically crafting text in a picture book is something that older (and younger) elementary-aged students can study for their own ventures into writing.
She provides excellent models (with these historical fiction picture books) for taking history and reshaping it with a fictional slant while preserving the integrity of the historical events.
Wow!!! Buy it and read it to a kid!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Baseball mad!! That's Katie Casey for you. Cooking sewing dancing forget it!! The only thing Katie wanted to do and was amazing at was baseball. Nobody would let Katie play baseball untill ...all the men go to war and fans are getting crazy and mad. Coaches decide to start womens baseball leauge. Katie makes a team! It was their first game it was the bottem of the ninth inning Katie was the last hitter up for her team. The Rockford Peaches had 9, and Katie's team the Kenpsha Comets had 6, the bases were loaded, Katie swung and......????? Read this book to find out. This book is crazy funny, and most of all BASEBALL MAD!!!
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By Clio Reads on March 19, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Full disclosure -- my college friend and housemate wrote this, so I might be a teensy bit biased.

If you've seen A League of Their Own, you probably know that when American men went off in droves to fight WWII, American women stepped up to the plate (literally) to save America's Pastime, baseball. Players in Pigtails tells the story of baseball-crazy Katie Casey, who is one of hundreds of girls who tried out for (and made) the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s. The story follows Katie's journey from her frustrations at home, failing at home ec and other "womanly" pursuit, to Chicago to try out for the new league, to the league's efforts to make "players in pigtails" more palatable to the public by making sure the girls of the GPBL were very ladylike.

My sons, ages 2 and 4, both really like this book, so don't make the mistake of thinking it's only for girls! The illustrations are whimsical and endearing, though I do have one pet peeve: in the last scene, Katie hits a grand slam home run -- but in the picture that accompanies the text, there are no base runners on the pitch, only fielders!
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Format: Hardcover
Did you know there was an All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s? Girls from all over America came together to play baseball. Shana Corey imagines one of the girls who didn't fit the mold of the "typical" girl but proved herself by playing baseball, despite being made fun of and discouraged by others. When my son and I read it together, he said, "Mom, those people were pretty mean. Girls can play baseball if they want to."

A fun fact: One of America's favorite songs, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," was written about a girl!

Players in Pigtails shows young girls and boys that despite how society may expect them to act, girls can do anything they want to. With wonderful illustrations and an inspiring (and fun) story, this book is an absolute home run!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joan E. Aitken on January 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Young elementary picture book, although the concept is rather sophisticated for the book style.

This book tells the story of Katie Casey, who played with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II.

Illustrations are simple, cute.
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