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Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – October 1, 2000
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-Thayer's classic poem of the 19th-century baseball legend has been revived for a new generation in this creatively designed package. From the first look at the cover, produced to resemble a vintage scrapbook, through the interior views of pages from the "Mudville Monitor," Bing has orchestrated every detail to great effect. Each double spread, rendered in ink and brush on scratchboard, is a scene from the poem. The multitude of lines adds energy; the multiple perspectives create interest. Overlaid on this tattered "newsprint" is baseball memorabilia (cards, tickets, medallions, postcards), as well as cleverly fabricated ads or editorials that relate to the moment. The book will be enjoyed by intergenerational partners who can pore over the pages and point things out to one another. It would be a gold mine for teachers seeking inspiration for period projects.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Each page in this brief book resembles the yellowed file copies of that old newspaper, with historic artifacts strewn across its pages. You will see tickets to the game, money, confetti, articles of that time, advertisements, a baseball, a baseball card, and the Library of Congress catalog card for "Casey at the Bat." Even the acknowledgments are put into this format.
But this would all be but window-dressing if it were not such a powerful poem that has captured the imaginations of baseball fans for generations.
"The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine . . . ."
"The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play."
Everyone hopes that Casey will get to bat, but that's unlikely. But a miracle happens.
"For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat."
Then comes the most famous and exciting at-bat in fictional baseball history.
Alas, like the Red Sox since Babe Ruth left for New York, the end is disappointment for the fans.
This book will make a wonderful gift for the baseball fan who has everything.
After you finish oohing and aahing over the great illustrations and reliving your pleasure in the poem, I suggest that you reflect over the famous at-bats that have occurred in real baseball games. Which one is your favorite?Read more ›
Since I usually make an annual Spring tradition of reading "Casey" to some classes, I can tell you that this edition by Christopher Bing works very nicely for group read-alouds. However in this setting kids miss out on the many interesting--but smaller--details that Bing has added to each page, such as a faded newspaper clipping about "the barbaric practice of using only a single ball throughout the nine innings of play..." Students are also drawn to the 1880s currency--bills and coins--shown on the page that says, "We'd put up even money now with Casey at the bat."
Christopher Bing has created a mini-museum display that many children will devour like an "I Spy" book, particularly if they are baseball fans or history buffs.
If you are not familiar with this wonderful poem, I'd put it in the same "classic" status as "The Night Before Christmas," by Clement C. Moore; "Paul Revere's Ride," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; or "The Cremation of Sam McGee," by Robert Service.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My thirteen-year-old daughter has developed two loves recently – poetry and baseball. At school, she gave Casey at the Bat as her dramatic reading. Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Fun bookl, fabulous illustrations. Anyone over 50 grew up knowing this legend, and youngsters now should enjoy it tooPublished 23 months ago by Louise
I teach middle school and this book is perfect to go along with the literary text. Very colorful and the students love it.Published on July 15, 2014 by J. Fletcher
We all know this story some of us by heart yet it was difficult to visually follow it in the format presented in this book.
I would not recommend it or even gift it.
We are doing a unit of study on baseball with second graders. Though the Caldecott edition of Casey at the Bat is beautifully done, the one by Polacco is adorable, inviting and... Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Shelly Dorfman
There are many picture book versions of the classic poem, this is perhaps the best. One can appreciate why it was selected as a Caldecott Honor Book because the nuance and detail... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by mister hernandez