Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero
Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero
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Annotation: Chronicles the story of the legendary baseball star, his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, and the longest hitting streak in baseball history, which united the country on the brink of World War II.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #5579625
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Widener, Terry,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-590-78992-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-590-78992-6
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2013947717
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Rosenstock cranks up the significance of DiMaggio's as-yet-unbeaten 56-game hitting streak, in 1941. She does this through a dramatic season recap with the rising game numbers in red, and by taking note of the war tensions that heightened in parallel that summer. Joltin' Joe's game bat, nicknamed Betsy Ann, practically becomes another character, and the tale of its theft and recovery midcourse further raises the suspense. Widener, who has illustrated a number of picture books about great baseball players of the past, supplies green-and-gold acrylic action scenes featuring both the lanky batter and, often, contemporary newspaper headlines about the streak and the war. The author misses a beat by failing to mention that immediately after his streak was broken DiMaggio went on another one of 16 straight games, but more information can be found in her substantial historical essay and list of enough print and web resources to satisfy fans of any age. End notes document quotes. Was this the most perfect summer in baseball, as she claims? Could be.
Horn Book
In 1941, with "war spreading like a fever through Europe," the heroics of Joe DiMaggio offered a summertime respite as he began a hitting streak that would beat all previous records and has yet to be surpassed. Widener is a master at capturing the larger-than-life spirit of baseball through his perfectly attuned acrylic illustrations, and the text matches the art in its exuberance. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is considered one of the greatest feats in baseball and the one least likely to be replicated. Everyone expected Joltin' Joe to pound out the hits, but as the consecutive games mounted up, the excitement built as well. The year 1941 was a difficult time, and people needed something to cheer about. "That one perfect summer" was the last summer of peacetime. All eyes were on DiMaggio each time he came to bat, and newspaper headlines screamed the daily tally. Rosenstock's game descriptions capture the momentum and let readers see and feel the events as if they were at the games. Along with play-by-play for some of the key hits, there's some fascinating information about DiMaggio's proud and determined character, as well as some lesser-known events. His favorite bat, "Betsy Ann," was stolen during the streak, later recovered and then broken. Widener's expansive, double-page illustrations, rendered in acrylic on bristol paper, in earth tones of green and gold, are larger than life, elongating DiMaggio as he takes his stance, rounds the bases or grips his bat. Each occurrence of the hit count and the word "streak" stands out from the rest of the text in heavy red display type. DiMaggio's remarkable hitting streak is freshly presented for a new generation of fans. (afterword, author's note, statistics, source notes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)
Publishers Weekly
-It started quietly, like a conversation with Joe DiMaggio himself.- With those words, Rosenstock transports readers to the summer of 1941, when war loomed and DiMaggio set a new MLB record with a 56-game hitting streak, uniting a nation: -This was the United States of Baseball, and Joe DiMaggio was its President.- Rosen-stock builds delicious tension and emotion as the streak grows (she also devotes some space to DiMaggio-s off-the-field upbringing), and Widener is equally in his element-one can almost feel DiMaggio-s baggy Yankee pinstripes rustling as he dashes to first base after yet another hit. Substantial back matter includes stats, bibliography, and an in-depth author-s note that covers DiMaggio-s relationship with his beloved bat, -Betsy Ann,- and offers further context about -the streak- and America-s entry into WWII. A rousing and inspiring account of an athletic achievement that has yet to be bested. Ages 8-up. Author-s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Mar.)

School Library Journal
Gr 2&11;5&12; Placed within the historical context of the last perfect baseball summer before America's involvement in World War II, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak of 1941 becomes even more impressive. Rosenstock also captures the drama surrounding the feat: how a player from humble beginnings with hands that were used to hard work now held a bat, how DiMaggio named his bat "Betsy Ann" and only used it for games, and how the bat was stolen on the very day he was to break the previously held record. An occasional phrase in bold red type adds to the superhero quality of the story, while the slightly blurred acrylic illustrations make the characters seem as if they were captured in motion, creating a nostalgic effect. Detailed source notes, a lengthy bibliography, and lots of stats round out the presentation.&12; Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
Reviewing Agencies: - Find Other Reviewed Titles
ALA Booklist (4/1/14)
Horn Book
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (4/1/14)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,009
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 164737 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q63109
Lexile: NC640L

Perfect for every baseball fan, here is the story of New York Yankees baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s longest hitting streak in baseball history.

In the summer of 1941, Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio and his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, begin the longest hitting streak in baseball history. But when Betsy Ann goes missing, will DiMaggio keep hitting? Set on the brink of World War II, this is a spellbinding account of a sports story that united the country and made DiMaggio a hero, at a time when one was profoundly needed. Barb Rosenstock's action-packed text and Terry Widener's powerful illustrations capture DiMaggio's drive as well as his frustration. The book also includes headlines, quotes, stats, and a detailed bibliography.


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