From Publishers Weekly
A chance meeting between a boy and his idol in 1917 leads to an even more exciting encounter years later, as Willard witnesses Ruth's 709th home run. Ages 7-10.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5?Hall pens a gentle tale of a time when both life and baseball were less complicated than they are today. In 1917, while 12-year-old Willard and his father are tending the sheep and geese near their New Hampshire farm, a roaring automobile slides into a ditch while trying to stop. The boy and his father use their ox team to pull out the roadster of the Boston Red Sox star pitcher Babe Ruth. Willard receives Ruth's glove as a gesture of appreciation and is forever a fan of the pitcher soon-to-turn slugger. The story follows the lives of Ruth on the ballfield and Willard as he matures into a man and raises a family. He meets the legendary star one last time in 1935 (he had a second meeting with him at Fenway Park in 1918), when he takes his daughter to Braves Field to watch the Bambino in one of his last games. Moser's graceful watercolor paintings are featured throughout the book and are similar in style to his works in Richard Wilbur's A Game of Catch (Harcourt, 1994) and Willie Morris's A Prayer for the Opening of the Little League Season (Harcourt, 1995). Shelve this title with the chapter books where it's most likely to get in the hands of its intended audience.?Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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