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Gr 1-3-Tavares features the "Sultan of Swat" in this picture-book biography. When George Herman Ruth was seven years old, his father sent him away to a reformatory to keep him out of trouble. At the end of the school day, when all the schoolwork was done, he was taught to play baseball by Father Matthias. Ruth began his career at age 16 when he signed a contract to play for the then minor-league Baltimore Orioles. Characteristic of Tavares's attractive painterly style, the watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations stand out with their action-packed scenes, dramatic angles, and the full-spread portrait of Ruth. An author's note explains that there was no television in the 1920s, so fans relied on radio sportscasters for the colorful descriptions and exciting stories of Babe Ruth and his rise from rags to riches. Because this is the author's tribute to a great player, there is no mention of the sadder aspects of Babe's later life. Readers, both baseball fans and others, will enjoy this story of the athlete's gratitude and thankfulness for learning his lifetime sport.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* On the cover portrait of this picture-book biography, George Herman Ruth’s eyes twinkle so realistically, one expects the famous wink. Inside, this exceptionally engaging chronicle recounts Ruth’s amazing rags-to-riches story, from his early family troubles and placement at age seven into Saint Mary’s Industrial School for Boys to his triumphant career with the New York Yankees. The narrative wisely telescopes much of his baseball career, citing a few professional feats, explaining the origin of his nickname, and vividly capturing his larger-than-life celebrity status, including his enormous appetite, undisciplined lifestyle, and boyish charm. But there’s also an emphasis on Ruth’s time at St. Mary’s and the critical influence of the school’s Brother Matthias. The story comes full circle, closing with Ruth’s generosity to the school after a disastrous fire. Well-researched, realistic illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and pencil, depict early-twentieth-century life and Major League Baseball during Ruth’s era. Equally important, the art captures Ruth’s irrepressible personality and joy in playing baseball. Yes, the eyes definitely twinkle. Back matter includes a chart of statistics, author’s note, and bibliography. Grades 1-4. --Linda Perkins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763656461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763656461
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
What an excellent book about the famed Babe Ruth! I gave this book 5/5 stars. I would recommend this story for middle and upper elementary age students. I thought the writer did excellent with highlighting the important times in Babe Ruth's career. I thought the illustrations where excellent and really helped keep the story entertaining. I loved this book and think all children, especially those interested in baseball, should read this book!
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The illustrations are touching. The story is a miracle—simple, believable, and sympathetic, while avoiding the usual pitfalls that plague Ruth historians: sensation, vulgarity, and grotesquery. In other words, it is The Truth.

Of course, I was delighted to see my father’s book, The Life That Ruth Built, listed in the bibliography. Knowing how much my father would approve, I will make sure that his grandchildren get to read Becoming Babe Ruth.
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Babe Ruth was known for a lot of things, but baseball was his greatest passion. In this book, Tavares takes the reader on the journey as George Herman Ruth develops this initial passion into a career and becomes a baseball legend. A mischief maker from the time he was little, his desperate parents finally put him into Saint Mary's Industrial School for Boys. George hated the rules, the work, and going to class. The only thing he didn't hate was the opportunity to play baseball almost every day. He like the other boys loved to watch Brother Matthias hit home runs. Over time and with a great deal of practice, George becomes a fabulous ball player and even when he leaves to play in the minors and then the majors, he never forgets where he learned to play. He maintains contact with the school and when the school is devastated by fire, Babe Ruth steps forward to help. This is an appealing and enjoyable book about how a young boy turns his passion into a life. I appreciated the fact that the book mentions Ruth's continued mischief making without giving a lot of specifics. I also liked the author note at the end explaining the research he did and the fact that there were few images to refer to for the illustrations and how that contributed to the legend of Babe Ruth. A great book for baseball fans.
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A wonderful biography written in narrative form about Babe Ruth. While most of us know he was a famous baseball player, this book focuses on the role St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys played in his life. This is the reform school Ruth grew up at since the age of 7. I recently read this to my class of second graders who loved the story! You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book. A great story about someone who never forgets the boys or the place he grew up.
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