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About the Author

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 130 children's books, including Who Was Johnny Appleseed?, Who Was Marco Polo?, Groundhog Weather School, and Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars. She is also the co-author of the popular GODDESS GIRLS series for ages 8-12 (Athena the Brain, Aphrodite the Diva, Artemis the Brave, etc.). Visit her at joanholub.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Who Was...?
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448455862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448455860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There aren't many young sports fans who haven't heard about or read a story or two about Babe Ruth. When he was a little boy in Baltimore, Maryland, there were probably a few kids who didn't care to know him. He was a rough and tumble poor boy who always managed to be in trouble. Babe, who was named after his father, George Herman Ruth, had a run in with the "coppers," the police. They "were always trying to make him behave and go to school," but if Babe had his way it never would. He didn't attend school until he was seven years old and good behavior never did come to him easily.

Babe's father George decided that something had to be done with him and put him on a trolley car, a car headed for a mysterious destination. Babe may have been surprised to learn that his father was going to abandon him at the St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. Unbeknownst to anyone, this "reform school" was probably one of the best things that ever happened to him. Babe's initial anger, fear, and tears soon gave into joy when he met someone who would care for him and turn his life around. That someone was "a big, strong guy, about six and a half feet tall" named Brother Matthias.

Babe Ruth never let go of his mischievous ways, but Brother Matthias believed in him and "tried to help him become a good person." St. Mary's was his home and Brother Matthias was like a father to him, but when he was nineteen it was time to go out into the world. Babe was a simple man, one who would never try to be something he was not. Even when Jack Dunn, the "owner of the Baltimore Orioles," signed him to the team, he carried his mischievous streak right along with him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat Alessi on May 16, 2013
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A nice easy to read biography. MY grandson loved it. Actually read many of this series in ONE sitting. A hard thing to do for an active 10 yr old. Recommend this to all parents/grandparents who have inquisitive children/grandchildren. My grandson always "wants to know" about people and history. This series of books were PERFECT for his curious mind. He actually has read them two or three times each.A++ item..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Weaver on November 5, 2013
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Who was babe Ruth is a very good book it is suitable for kids eny ages read I f2f yourself
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christi on June 14, 2013
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Love reading this book to my son who is a baseball fan! It is very informational and would be great for a book report! Can't wait to buy more of these books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Runnerlady on May 28, 2013
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This is a great book for kids. It's easy to read and has many facts and stats of Babe Ruth.Kids have fun reading and learning about this historical figure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Shoopman on October 3, 2013
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My son loves this series of books, and we had trouble finding books he liked reading. These are great for the logical thinker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wpappy on August 3, 2013
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I purchased this book for my son for a project at school he had and it was perfect level reading and full of interesting facts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robinson32789 on October 5, 2012
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It usually takes a lot of effort to get my 9 year old to read. "Who was Babe Ruth" was the perfect book for a boy who loves baseball.

He picked it up on his own and read it without being told. He disappeared and was quiet the other night. I went into his room to see was he was up to. He was sitting on his bed reading. He read for 55 minutes. I minor miracle.

The story is interesting and well constructed. The story is also put in the context of the twenties and thirties.
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