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Becoming Babe Ruth: Candlewick Biographies - by Matt Tavares (Paperback)

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Highlights

  • "This exceptionally engaging chronicle recounts Ruth's amazing rags-to-riches story. . . .
  • 5-8 Years
  • 8.8" x 5.9" Paperback
  • 48 Pages
  • Juvenile Nonfiction, Biography & Autobiography
  • Series Name: Candlewick Biographies

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About the Book



Examines the childhood and formative years of the baseball icon, who learned early that life is what you make of it and to honor the place from which you came.



Book Synopsis



"This exceptionally engaging chronicle recounts Ruth's amazing rags-to-riches story. . . . Equally important, the art captures Ruth's irrepressible personality and joy in playing baseball." -- Booklist (starred review)

Before he becomes known as the Babe, George Herman Ruth is just a boy who lives in Baltimore and has a knack for getting into trouble. But when he turns seven, his father takes him to Saint Mary's Industrial School for Boys, and his life is changed. Here, under the watchful eye of Brother Matthias, George evolves as an athlete and a man. With vivid illustrations and clear affection for his subject, Matt Tavares sheds light on an icon who learned early that life is what you make of it -- and sends home a message about honoring the place you come from. Back matter includes an author's note, Babe Ruth's career statistics, and a bibliography.



Review Quotes




This is a story about the boy who became the man as much as it is about baseball...There is warmth and affection in Tavares's paintings, which generously illustrate the text, often in immersive spreads.
--The New York Times

Well-researched, realistic illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and pencil, depict early-twentieth-century life and Major League Baseball during Ruth's era. Equally important, the art captures Ruth's irrepressible personality and joy in playing baseball. Yes, the eyes definitely twinkle.
--Booklist (starred review)

Tavares brings the well-paced story to a nice close as the now-world-famous Babe returns to Saint Mary's to put on an impromptu slugging exhibition for the boys, similar to the ones Brother Matthias gave that so enchanted George as a boy. It's a lovely, poignant ending to a standout sports picture book biography.
--The Horn Book

Tavares continues to prove he's a double threat, with a concise, forthright writing style and expansive, sepia-toned watercolors that bring to mind vintage photos and newsreels.
--Publishers Weekly

How can an author make the umpteenth picture book about Babe Ruth justify its shelf space? By finding the right angle on the legend and trimming the larger-than-life figure down to a guy a kid might want to shake hands with...Though subtle in color, Tavares' illustrations are often big and brash in composition, with plenty of close-ups of a beaming Babe.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

An homage to the Bambino introduces a new audience to this great legend of baseball...Tavares allows young readers to view Ruth with just the right amount of hero worship and awe.
--Kirkus Reviews

Characteristic of Tavares's attractive painterly style, the watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations stand out with their action-packed scenes, dramatic angles, and the full-spread portrait of Ruth...Readers, both baseball fans and others, will enjoy this story of the athlete's gratitude and thankfulness for learning his lifetime sport.
--School Library Journal

Everything about this picture book biography will engage the child reader.
--Library Media Connection

The appeal of Matt Tavares' beautifully illustrated biography is its focus on Ruth's humble origins.
--USA Today



About the Author



Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Zachary's Ball, Oliver's Game, Mudball, Henry Aaron's Dream, and There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived. He is also the illustrator of The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup and Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport, among other picture books. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.8 Inches (H) x 5.9 Inches (W) x .2 Inches (D)
Weight: .3 Pounds
Suggested Age: 5-8 Years
Number of Pages: 48
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Series Title: Candlewick Biographies
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Format: Paperback
Author: Matt Tavares
Language: English
Street Date: February 9, 2016
TCIN: 50773592
UPC: 9780763687687
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-5559
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.2 inches length x 5.9 inches width x 8.8 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.3 pounds
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