How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball (Hardcover)
Chosen as a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Children's Book, HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL was published more than a decade ago, and it was the very first book award-winner David Shannon wrote and illustrated himself. Using his vast experience as an editorial illustrator, Shannon told an expressive, emotional tale of a time when spring no longer existed, and it was always winter in America. Why? Because an angry dictator declared baseball illegal, and once-happy citizens fell into a dull pace of endless ice, snow, factories, and drudgery.
Filled with warmth, drama, and gentle humor, this story presents Shannon's rare ability to create an engaging picture book that can be read on several levels. Perfect for story time, bedtime, and teacher readings, this 2012 edition features a dramatic new cover sure to catch the eye of readers everywhere.
Published just in time for baseball season, HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL is more than a hit--it's a home run!
About the Author
"children wish for a world like Georgie's where right and wrong, hero and villain are crystal clear, and children feel powerful and triumphant."--CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
"fans will enjoy the many baseball references cleverly inserted here; Georgie, for instance, recalls Charles ("Old Hoss") Radbourn, the 19th century's greatest pitcher."--KIRKUS REVIEWS
Following 12-year old recently orphaned Joseph on his quest to get his only family back -his beloved horse Sarah- author Gemeinhart brings together race relations in the late 1800's, western lore and a clear-eyed pragmatism that, coupled with his signature action/adventure plot twists and a kindheartedness thread permeating the story, this wonderful, evocative and first rate middle grade title builds on his exceptional debut (The Honest Truth). This is an author that has clearly established himself as a must read for warm hearted, realistic adventures. - Maureen