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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689856814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689856815
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This first collaboration between a husband-and-wife team offers an informal, anecdotal profile of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, one of the all-time great baseball players of the Negro League, the first black pitcher to play in the major leagues and the first black inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The author's style is conversational and flavorful: after explaining that Paige, the seventh of 12 children, earned money for his family by toting travelers' luggage at the train depot, she writes, "When dimes weren't enough, Leroy took to stealing. And when he could no longer run fast enough, it was stealing that caught him." Sent to reform school at age 12, Paige joined its baseball team and was thrilled to encounter "real leather balls (not the ones your mama made with a rock and a rag) and real wooden bats, too." Kids will enjoy her occasional hyperbole: "[When he stood on the mound], his foot looked to be about a mile long, and when he shot [the ball] into the air, it seemed to block out the sun. Satch's arm seemed to stretch on forever, winding, bending, twisting." Ransome's (Let My People Go) tightly edited, boldly hued oil paintings capture the on-field prowess as well as the personality of the quick-witted, feisty Paige. More sculptural than kinetic, they express the qualities of a man who often seemed larger than life. This vivid book is a fitting tribute to a baseball hero. Ages 6-10. (Jan.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-4-Leroy Paige was born into a poor family in Mobile, Alabama, around 1906. He earned the nickname "Satchel," while working at Mobile's train depot, carrying satchels for travelers. In his family of 12 children, money was always tight. A talented pitcher, he never considered baseball as a career until he landed in reform school for stealing. A coach suggested he focus on baseball; after that, there was no stopping him. His blend of talent and showmanship propelled him from semi-pro ball to stardom in the Negro Leagues to pitch in the newly integrated Major Leagues, earning a spot in Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame. Baseball's greatest anecdotes usually have an air of tall-tale about them, and Satchel's winning ways and personality make for a biography that is as entertaining as fiction. Imagine facing his famous "bee ball," which would always "be" where he wanted it to be. Lesa Cline-Ransome writes in a folksy manner, and Dion Graham's relaxed Southern voice is a perfect complement, enhanced with sound effects and music. Though long on text, the book's large size and Graham's narration combine to offer children a chance to pore over visual details. Playing in the Negro Leagues was not always a bed of roses, but James Ransome's oil paintings highlight Paige's joi de vivre and joi de baseball. Page-turn signals are optional,-Lisa Taylor, Ocean County Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Lesa Cline-Ransome is the writer of many picture books. Her picture book biography titles include Satchel Paige, Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist, Young Pele, Soccer's First Star, Helen Keller, The World in Her Heart, Before There was Mozart and Words Set me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. Other titles are Quilt Alphabet, Quilt Counting and her newest is Light in the Darkness, A Story about How Slaves Learned in Secret.

Originally from Malden, Massachusetts, Lesa has worked as a proofreader, fashion copywriter, publicist, teacher in the New York City Schools, and taught writing for adults. She has a B.F.A. in Merchandising and Management from Pratt Institute and an M.A. in Education from N.Y.U.

She lives in Rhinebeck, New York and with her husband and frequent collaborator, illustrator James Ransome, four children and St. Bernard, Nola.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We thoroughly enjoyed reading Satchel Paige, and feel it is a terrific book for folks of all ages, not just the younger set. Lesa Cline-Ransome truly captures the time period in describing the hardships the league players had to endure for their love of the game.In addition to being a good biography, as well as a reference book, James Ransome's beautiful illustrations put this work in the category of coffee table book, to be on display for those who visit to peruse. It's a perfect combination: a good read, and compelling illustrations!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading about Satchel Paige in this story. Here is some information on this terrific book about Satchel Paige. Leroy or, Satchel Paige was one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He once pitched three innings for Oakland A's when he was 64 years old, which is a world record. When he was little he grew his strong arm by throwing rocks at chickens. Satchel was sometimes a trouble-maker also. Once he got into trouble the police because he tried to rob a store. When Satchel was older he played in the Negro Leagues. A little later he had arm trouble and became a coach of a team. Then suddenly his came back and he could pitch again. Even though Paige was such a good pitcher he never made it to the majors until he was in his 50's because he was black and blacks weren't aloud to play at the time. Then he met someone who was with the Cleveland Organization and he then singed with the Indians. He retired at age 64 after he pitched for the A's. Lesa Cline-Ransome tells a great life story about Leroy Paige. This book is a great book for kids who like baseball or just for anyone.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved the storytelling phrasing and the narrative voice of this book. It is a great book for reading out loud, even for kids who are "too big" for storybooks.

Satchel Paige was a great player, by any measure, maybe one of the greatest. How he responded to segregation -- by simply being the BEST -- is a model for all people to follow. Overcoming obstacles (poverty, prison, and discrimination) is a recurring theme in the book.

As a parent, I am less wild about reading how poorly Satchel Paige did once he was admitted into the Major Leagues, because he would not follow team rules (refusing to show up for team practices and arriving late for games...) I use that as a teachable moment with my boys to explain solid middle class values, like work ethic and reliability and humility and teamwork.

Great, great baseball book about a wonderful, talented, inspiring man.
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A Kid's Review on October 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I enjoy reading about Satchel Paige.Here is some information about him.Did you know that Satchel Paige earned his name by his slow walking and fast talking pitches?He once pitched 3 innings when he was 64.In the semi-pros satchel developed his pitching style.One of his greatest pitches is when he struck out Josh Gibson the black Babe Ruth.He played for the Kanas City Monarchs in 1939.He was number 29 while playing for them.In the time satchel couldnt play with whites. That's the conflict. This book has some fasinating facts about Satchel, do you think the same?
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Stienstra on March 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I must confess, until Woody Allen and Mia Farrow named their son "Satchel" I knew little with regard to this sports figure with the exception of infrequently shelving in the library, a biography book. When Allen-Farrow's son was born, I then had a number of queries regarding the man. I finally sat down and read about him when I had to read this book for a librarian's program, this being required reading. I remember the days when glass bottles would be returned to the local supermarket "for pennies" and those bottles would be refilled, as it is mentioned.
"fast talking, + slow walking"
-- (and I was tempted to think)
= begats slow working!
His "attitude" problem, I HAD A PROBLEM with!
The book is fine for anyone interested in baseball and/or the history of baseball.
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