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The Babe & I
Adler, David A.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
While helping his family make ends meet during the Depression by selling newspapers, a boy meets Babe Ruth.
General Note:
"Gulliver books."
Reading Level:
330 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 29938.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 21895 Guided reading level: N.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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It's 1932 and everyone is struggling through the Great Depression. When the resourceful young narrator of this story discovers that his father is jobless, he decides to become a newsie. He and his friend Jacob figure out how to sell more papers than the other kids. Many more. Because they've got Babe Ruth to help them. Business is soon booming and, thanks to the Babe, they even get a chance to see a Yankees game.

Author Notes

David A. Adler was born in New York City. He attended Queen's College in New York City and later, earned an MBA in Marketing from New York University.

He writes both fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of Cam Jansen mysteries and the Andy Russell titles. His titles has earned him numerous awards including a Sydney Taylor Book Award for his title "The Number on My Grandfather's Arm," "A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays" was named a Notable Book of 1981 by the American Library Association and "Our Golda" was named a Carter G. Woodson Award Honor Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. The team that created Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man (1997) hits another one out of the park in a poignant tale set in the Bronx in 1932. The narrator knows he shouldn't be disappointed with his birthday gift of a dime because he is actually quite lucky--his father has a job. When he finds out that his father is actually unemployed and sells apples on the street, the boy keeps his father's secret and becomes a newsie to contribute to the family's earnings. On his friend Jacob's newspaper turf outside Yankee Stadium, the boy learns the ins and outs of the paper biz: hawking news of the Great Depression doesn't sell but news of Babe Ruth's home runs does. Because of the Bronx Bomber's heroics, the boy sells more papers than he imagined, and one day Ruth himself buys one, leaving a tip big enough to make a dream come true. "That year [the Yankees] were the best team in baseball," the protagonist reflects, adding that even better teams--the boy and the Babe, the boy and Jacob, and the boy and his father--were off the field, working to get his family through tough times. Filled with resonant themes, this nostalgic, heartwarming story about hard work and teamwork highlights heroes big and small. Widener's stylized illustrations are full of old-fashioned charm that reflects grand perspectives of city streets and Yankee Stadium. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0152013784Kathleen Squires

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the Bronx in 1932, a boy out walking with his friend discovers that his ostensibly employed father is actually selling apples on the street. Shocked, the boy numbly follows the friend, a "newsie," to work and ends up learning a great strategy for selling papers: go to Yankee Stadium and shout the latest about Babe Ruth. Adler, previously paired with Widener for Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, creates an empathic but unsentimental portrait of life during the Depression. He conveys the father's humiliation and pride, but the boy's satisfaction in his own job and the family's general happiness keep their lot from seeming pitiful. After selling a paper to the Babe himself, the boy feels new kinship with him: "He and I were a team.... His home runs helped me sell newspapers." But baseball isn't really what drives the bookÄmore importantly, "I knew Dad and I were also a team. We were both working to get our family through hard times." Widener's acrylics have a striking presence: their massy forms and jaunty, exaggerated perspectives achieve a look that's both nostalgic and edgy. Adler and Widener score bigÄtheir book reads like a labor of love. Ages 5-9. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-A moving story about how the famous Yankee unknowingly affects a young fan and his family. In the summer of 1932, a boy spots his father dressed in a suit and tie selling apples on the street, and he realizes that his dad, like so many other men, has lost his job. To help out their families, the youngster and a friend start selling newspapers outside Yankee Stadium, calling out the headlines from Babe Ruth's latest game. Their efforts earn some money, but the narrator is worried that his dad's feelings will be hurt if he finds out. Eventually, father and son come to a tender and silent understanding about their money-making activities. The tone brightens considerably when the boy sells a paper to the Babe himself and gets to see a real Yankee game, thanks to the slugger's generosity. Adler does a good job of balancing the personal relationship between father and son with a vivid portrait of the Depression and the positive impact of a true sports hero. Widener's stylized acrylic illustrations bring the city streets to life in an appealing way. The varied perspectives and exaggerated figures add excitement to the setting and the images and use of color perfectly reinforce the story's changing moods and emotions. A powerful picture book that's sure to be popular.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.