May 2009: Book Brawl

9:47 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Each month, we'll pit two similar books against each other in the upper right hand sidebar. All month, it's up to you to vote for your favorite. (You'll find the poll in the top right sidebar) Let's keep it friendly, but in the comments section, please feel free to explain the reasons for your vote. What did you like about the book you chose as the winner? What didn't you like about the the other book?

At the end of the month, the bell will ring, we'll tally up the results and declare a winner!

This month, we're celebrating two books that highlight women in baseball.

In the left corner, we have...

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

In the right corner, we have...

Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women who Won the World Championship
Author: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Dial (March 1, 2000)
ISBN-10: 0803720424
ISBN-13: 978-0803720428

Ding, Ding, Ding!

Be careful because the blows come fast and furious in the Get in the Game--Read Book Brawl!
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  1. Doret said...

    finally read the books and voted. Though I like the illus. better for Mama Played Baseball, Dirt on Their Skirts was the easy pick for me. There was more action. You had xtra innings, stolen bases, scorecards, and the actual game stats at the back of the book, plus pictures of the players in the front.

  2. Lori Calabrese said...


    What an excellent point about the illustrations! I have to agree with you there--the illustrations ARE better for Mama Played Baseball, but, just like you, I love the story in Dirt on Their Skirts. The action pulls a reader in and makes the reader feel as though they're right in the front row! You feel the dust billow in the air, and the spikes pound the earth! I LOVE Dirt on their Skirts!!