Yogi!: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra
Yogi!: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra
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Annotation: A picture book biography of the early life of Major League Baseball and New York Yankee legend Lawrence ""Yogi"" Berra describes how his differences challenged his baseball prospects and helped motivate him to show everyone what he could do.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #181131
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Calkins Creek
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-629-79824-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-629-79824-0
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2018940081
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This is a loving tribute to New York Yankee baseball legend Yogi Berra. Back matter documents his amazing career earned multiple World Series rings, one for each finger d complement the storylike text that introduces a simple Italian kid from Saint Louis who loved his family, loved his friends, and really, really loved baseball. Accompanied by some of his most famous malapropisms, the chronological narrative tells how he struggled, persevered, and ignored criticism, including jabs about his physical appearance, to just concentrate on what he did best: catch and hit baseballs. The illustrations capture the wistful, nostalgic mood and provide period details, and, in fitting tribute, always portray him outlined in white, as if enveloped in a halo. This is laudatory but factual, and readers will come away with an appreciation for both the amazing athlete and the humble, unique individual. Source notes, a bibliography, and additional background information elevate this offering into viable research material, making this an entertaining and worthy addition to sports biography collections.
School Library Journal
Gr 25 Yogi Berra was a lot of things: a kid from an Italian neighborhood in St. Louis, a World War II vet, an amazing catcher for the New York Yankees, and a man who had a memorable way with words. Rosenstock and Widener use his "Yogi-isms" to highlight a number of difficulties he experienced in his life; in his early struggles as a catcher, Yogi could've said "It's not too far, it just seems like it is." Widener's acrylic illustrations steal the show. He cleverly outlines Yogi in white so that he always stands out to readers and he uses color to signal emotionsred for anger and cool blue for sadness. Rosenstock provides a great amount of back matter, including career stats for catching and hitting, career accomplishments, and a bibliography. The author also includes "A Note About Yogi-isms" to give some insight into how she chose which quotes to include in the book and how readers can find out if Yogi actually said them. In his own words: "I really didn't say everything I said." VERDICT A solid purchase where the Yankees and baseball history are popular, secondary purchase elsewhere. Kerri Williams, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,167
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 501945 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q76683
Lexile: 740L
Guided Reading Level: Q
Fountas & Pinnell: Q

Perfect to celebrate the new baseball season, here is the life and famous words, such as "it ain't over till it's over," of Major League Baseball player and New York Yankee Lawrence "Yogi" Berra.

Yogi Berra loved his family, his neighborhood, his friends, and, most of all, baseball. He was crazy for it, ever since he was a young kid playing with friends in an abandoned dump. But baseball didn't love him back--at least not at first. Yogi was different. He didn't have the right look. When he finally made it to the major leagues, Yogi faced pranks and harassment from players, sportswriters, and fans. Their words hurt, but they made Yogi determined to show all that he could do. Author Barb Rosenstock's dynamic text and illustrator Terry Widener's powerful artwork reveal the talents, loves, and inspirational words of this celebrated New York Yankee and American icon, who earned a World Series ring for each finger and made baseball love him back.

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