Yogi: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra

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Product Details

Price
$17.95
Publisher
Calkins Creek Books
Publish Date
Pages
48
Dimensions
9.0 X 0.5 X 11.1 inches | 1.14 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781629798240

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About the Author

Barb Rosenstock is best known for her many picture book biographies, including Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, Ben Franklin's Big Splash, The Streak, Dorothea's Eyes, and Blue Grass Boy, all published by Calkins Creek. Her other recent titles include a picture book about Vincent Van Gogh, Vincent Can't Sleep, and a picture book about Vasily Kandinsky, The Noisy Paint Box, which won the 2015 Caldecott Honor Medal. She lives outside Chicago with her family. Visit her at barbrosenstock.com. Terry Widener is the award-winning illustrator of many picture books on athletes, including The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero, Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings, American Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, and Lou Gehrig, The Luckiest Man. He is also the illustrator of The Kite That Bridged Two Nations by Alexis O'Neill. He lives in McKinney, Texas, with his wife and is the father of three grown children. Visit him at terrywidenerart.com.

Reviews

β˜… "This excellent character study will be useful as a model for students writing research-based biographies since it includes extensive author's notes, baseball statistics, a note about Yogi-isms, and secondary quotes about the man himself, but it will loved most of all by Yankees fans." -School Library Connection, starred review

"(A) loving tribute to New York Yankee baseball legend Yogi Berra. Back matter documents his amazing career... and complement the storylike text that introduces a simple Italian kid from Saint Louis who loved his family, loved his friends, and really, really loved baseball. The illustrations capture the wistful, nostalgic mood... readers will come away with an appreciation for both the amazing athlete and the humble, unique individual. Source notes, a bibliography, and additional background information elevate this offering into viable research material, making this an entertaining and worthy addition to sports biography collections." - Booklist

"Rosenstock covers all the bases, focusing on Yogi's great love of baseball, his determination to succeed, and, most of all, his longing for baseball to love him back. His perplexing, witty, and wise 'Yogi-isms' are incorporated in the text as well as appearing in large, hand-lettered blurbs within the illustrations. Widener's colorful, muscular acrylic cartoons...beautifully capture his essence. A loving homage to a charismatic baseball hero." - Kirkus Reviews

"(T)his picture-book biography...does an excellent job covering Berra as both baseball player and cultural icon. Widener's illustrations...ably capture Berra's short stature and big personality. Thorough back matter concludes the book, including a double-page spread of Berra's 'amazing' stats, a bibliography, an author's note, several photographs, and source notes." - The Horn Book

"Yogi Berra was a lot of things...Rosenstock and Widener use his "Yogi-isms" to highlight a number of... experience(s) in his life...Widener's acrylic illustrations steal the show...Rosenstock provides a great amount of back matter...A solid purchase where the Yankees and baseball history are popular..."- School Library Journal