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The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero



written by
Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by
Terry Widener

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Boyds Mills Press
Imprint
Calkins Creek
ISBN
9781590789926

Awards and Honors
2015 NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book
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1941: “It all started quietly,” but as Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak approached the forty-one-game record, the troubled American public found hope in baseball. Author’s note. List of top-ten Major League Baseball hitting streaks. Joe DiMaggio’s batting statistics. Source notes. Bibliography. Full-color acrylic illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Dewey

796.357/092

AR

4: points 0.5

Lexile

NC640L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Jun 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Baseball. Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999). World War II (1939-1945). New York Yankees. Batting. Sports records.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

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.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

Horn Book

In 1941, when headlines “shouted about the war spreading like a fever through Europe,” the baseball heroics of Yankees great Joe DiMaggio offered a summertime respite. Starting on May 15th, he began a hitting streak that would beat all previous records and has yet to be surpassed. He hit in fifty-six straight games and, game by game, he brought excitement to the stadiums, as fans flocked to see if this would be the game the streak ended or if they would be able to boast that they were there to see number 41 or 42 or 43. DiMaggio and his bat “Betsy Ann” were legends in the making, and Rosenstock ably places baseball fever in the context of DiMaggio’s times: “That summer, the crack of Joe’s bat mixed with the swing-band rhythms on the radio and the drumbeats of the world at war. Streak, Streak, Streak.” In his perfectly attuned acrylic illustrations, Widener is, as always, a master at capturing the larger-than-life spirit of baseball, and the text matches the art in its exuberance: “This was the United States of Baseball and Joe DiMaggio was its President.” Back matter includes an author’s note, streak statistics, and an extensive bibliography. dean schneider

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School Library Journal

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.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

Horn Book

In 1941, when headlines “shouted about the war spreading like a fever through Europe,” the baseball heroics of Yankees great Joe DiMaggio offered a summertime respite. Starting on May 15th, he began a hitting streak that would beat all previous records and has yet to be surpassed. He hit in fifty-six straight games and, game by game, he brought excitement to the stadiums, as fans flocked to see if this would be the game the streak ended or if they would be able to boast that they were there to see number 41 or 42 or 43. DiMaggio and his bat “Betsy Ann” were legends in the making, and Rosenstock ably places baseball fever in the context of DiMaggio’s times: “That summer, the crack of Joe’s bat mixed with the swing-band rhythms on the radio and the drumbeats of the world at war. Streak, Streak, Streak.” In his perfectly attuned acrylic illustrations, Widener is, as always, a master at capturing the larger-than-life spirit of baseball, and the text matches the art in its exuberance: “This was the United States of Baseball and Joe DiMaggio was its President.” Back matter includes an author’s note, streak statistics, and an extensive bibliography. dean schneider

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