Players in Pigtails

8:08 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Players In Pigtails (Scholastic Bookshelf)

Author: Shana Corey
Illustrator: Rebecca Gibbon
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0439183057
ISBN-13: 978-0439183055

"Katie casey wasn't good at being a girl....."

Let's face it--there are many girls out there who just aren't into cooking, sewing, or dancing. I know because I'm one of them! If you're one of those girls, then read this story about Katie Casey who played with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II.

The only thing Katie wanted to do and was amazing at was baseball. But in 1942, baseball wasn't really considered ladylike. Girls were expected to concentrate on home economics, instead. Because of that fact, nobody would let Katie play baseball-- that is until all the men went to war and baseball fans turned crazy.

Players in Pigtails, inspired by the movie A League of Their Own, is a delightful tribute to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League created by Chicago Cubs owner Phillip Wrigley during World War II. When author Shana Corey discovered that the lyrics of the popular 1908 song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" featured a "baseball-mad" girl named Katie Casey, she simply had to share the story with children.
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