Mama Played Baseball

12:09 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Mama Played Baseball

Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Chris O'Leary
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Gulliver Books; 1 edition (March 1, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0152021965
ISBN-13: 978-0152021962

Mama Played Baseball is one of the contenders in our May Book Brawl and just one of the many stories out there about the All American Girls Baseball League. If you believe that there's no crying in baseball, then this book is for you. Adler recounts some of the history of the women who stepped in to play professional baseball when most of the men were drafted during WWII. Adler tells this fascinating tale through the eyes of a little girl named Amy whose mom announces that she plans on getting a job in the league. "While Dad's away, I need to work," Mama tells Amy, who wonders, "What kind of job is that?" When her mother makes the team, wins games, and is a fan favorite, Amy sees her mother in a new light. Join in Amy's excitement, watching her mom score!

It's interesting to learn that many athletic women vied for spots in the All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League, and that the women players became immensely popular. O'Leary's illustrations put you right on the field in the 1940s and capture the moment of a historical time.

This is a wonderful sports tale that girls will eat up, but I think it's especially important to also share with boys, so they can learn that it's not so bad to throw like a girl!
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