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PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS

Author: Shana Corey

Illustrator: Rebecca Gibbon

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Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Even though the 'boys' didn't want to believe it, the 'girls' of the 1940s (World War II) loved playing baseball…and they were good at it, too. This is a fictionalized story about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, our first (and only) professional women's basball league.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Age of Child: Started reading with 3½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler is just learning the game, and she had lots of questions. She kept wanting to know where Katie Casey was! We had several successive readings when we debuted the book.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a picture-book version of "A League of Their Own." Even though it is a fictionalized account, there are some great baseball facts, not to mention a nice 'girl power' story.

Pros: The book covers the history of professional women's baseball in the United States in a straightforward story. Because it blends fact with fictional characters so well, preschoolers will enjoy the story on its face, older readers/listeners will find the history fun.

Cons: None. Daddy might be looking for the page that says "There's no crying in baseball." (Tom Hanks' line in the movie).

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Whether your child is a girl or boy, this is a book with baseball lessons for life! Every diehard baseball fan should have this piece of history.

If You Liked This Book, Try: H IS FOR HOME RUN; A BASEBALL ALPHABET   FINKLEHOPPER FROG   CURIOSITY

Educational Themes: Kids of all ages and genders can learn baseball and US history, as well as get glimpses of teamwork and community service.

Literary Categories: Fiction - historical fiction, picture book, sports, baseball

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2005

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