Dirt On Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women who Won the World Championship

7:30 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women who Won the World Championship

Author: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
Publisher: Dial, 2000
Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Dirt on their Skirts is a contender in the May Book Brawl, and what a competition this one's going to be.

"There's no crying in baseball!" Especially for the former players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Rockford Peaches and the Racine Belles put on quite a show in the 1946 championship game and Rappaport gives you a front row seat alongside a young fan named Margaret.

Margaret's dream is to play second base for the Belles, like her favorite player, Sophie Kurys."You have to be tough to play baseball in a skirt," Margaret's mother says. Margaret watches intently and knows this team isn't afraid to get dirty. After all, the players have the scraped knees to show for it. The action heats up and Margaret's favorite player, nicknamed the "Flint Flash," gets a hit, steals second, and slides home to win the game. "It felt like the last day of school, the Fourth of July, the end of the War."

I can't say enough positive things about this book. I love how it's narrated from Margaret's perspective, and she has such a distinct voice. Her emotion and spirit are captured as she watches the women athletes vying for the championship. That's what I find amazing about sports. Fans and viewers experience the same highs and lows as the athletes that step onto the dirt. We cheer for athletes when they win and get bummed when they don't. Such is the case for Margaret. Rappaport does an amazing job of describing the action in detail and showing the blood, sweat, and tears that the women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League went through to provide entertainment, win a championship, and keep the magic of baseball alive.

This book is a winner to learn all about a group of outstanding female athletes who captured a crowd and a league of their own.
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