The Bambino and Me

The Bambino and Me

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George Henry Alexander is a huge fan of baseball. His favorite team is the New York Yankees and his favorite player is Babe Ruth. George plays baseball during his free time and he listens to the games on the radio with his dad. Everywhere he goes, he carries his Babe Ruth baseball card. On his birthday, George's parents surprise him with two tickets to watch the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees--his first real game! But his presents don't stop there. Uncle Alvin has sent him a baseball jersey and cap, but it's for the Boston Red Sox! Filled with horror, George tosses them aside, but his mother will not have any of that. He will wear them to the baseball game with his dad! What will happen at the game? Will George get to meet Babe Ruth while wearing the opposing team's jersey?
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Tundra Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781770496279
Branch Call Number: HYMAN
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Additional Contributors: Pullen, Zachary


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Aug 07, 2015

This is a well-told picture book story about a baseball-loving 10 year old boy living in the Bronx in 1927. His hero is Babe Ruth and his excitement about his birthday gift of tickets to see the Yankee-Red Sox game is tempered by his mother’s insistence that George wear his uncle’s gift, a Red Sox jersey, to the game. But when it turns out he seems to have jinxed the Red Sox, the boo’s of his neighbors turns to cheers for him. And when he gets to meet the Babe his joy is uncontainable. The artwork is interesting, as is the technique of using walnut oil in the painting. Although I felt the author was stronger at painting portraits of adults than of children, that wasn’t a distraction. The author did a “swell” job of conveying the historical details and the slang of the 1920’s. Originally published in Canada, this book should have an enthusiastic audience in the US. This would be a perfect book to read aloud to compare and contrast baseball in the 1920’s and now. (LibraryThing review copy)

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