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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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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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Love these books. My son, who is 9 has been reading them for a little over a year now and this book is wonderful. I must say that this is one of his favorites. He is a history junkey, lol. He so far seems to love the Jackie Robinson, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E Lee, What is the world series the best as a 8 and 9 year old.

I also read these to him in the evenings and I really enjoy them as a 40 year old father. I have learned so much from them as well. Sometimes I read them before or after my son in order to have an educated discussion with him about the subject of the book. I really also get alot out of them as well.
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My 8-year-old is between picture books and chapter books in his reading level. This is a beginning chapter book, so it is at the perfect reading level where he can comprehend what he is reading because it isn't so difficult. He is always now telling me facts about Babe Ruth. He loves these "Who Was..." series.
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Good book with great info about the Babe's life. The large font, pictures, and short chapters make it an easy read. We homeschool and we read one "Who Was..." book each week for enrichment. Fast shipping, arrived in perfect condition. Will add it to our collection.
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My son is a huge baseball fan and love, loves, loves the Who was series. This was a great value on amazon and was slightly cheaper than the regular book store. He read it in one sitting which means he really enjoyed it.
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My 9 year old son loves these "Who Was" books. We have read several and like the others, this gave a nice background on Babe's life. It doesn't go into great detail about his wild life, but it doesn't shy away from his imperfections either. I think it did a nice job of painting a true picture of the baseball great.
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I bought this book for my 9-year-old grandson who does NOT like to read. He is very interested in baseball though. So I was pleasantly surprised that he completed this book in one day. I asked him numerous questions about Babe Ruth, and he was able to tell me the details from what he had just read. I wish there were more books just like this that he would read.
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