The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero

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The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero
Series: Biographical, Picture Book Bios
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction, Picture Books
Tags: Ages 5-8, Ages 8-12
ASIN: 159078992X
ISBN: 159078992X

The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero is perfect for every baseball fan, here is the story of New York Yankees baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s longest hitting streak in baseball history.

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About the Book

Perfect for every baseball fan, here is the story of New York Yankees baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s longest hitting streak in baseball history.

In the summer of 1941, Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio and his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, begin the longest hitting streak in baseball history.

But when Betsy Ann goes missing, will DiMaggio keep hitting? Set on the brink of World War II, this is a spellbinding account of a sports story that united the country and made DiMaggio a hero, at a time when one was profoundly needed.

The book also includes headlines, quotes, stats, and a detailed bibliography.

About the Author:

Barb Rosenstock often pretends to live in the past, although she’s thankful for indoor plumbing, the Internet and instant cocoa. She resides outside Chicago with her husband, sons and two big poodles, who keep her sane (or insane) depending on the day. Barb loves true stories best and enjoys sharing her passion for writing at school visits. Learn more about Barb here.

A Few Reviews:

Rosenstock cranks up the significance of DiMaggio’s as-yet-unbeaten 56-game hitting streak, in 1941. She does this through a dramatic season recap with the rising game numbers in red, and by taking note of the war tensions that heightened in parallel that summer. Joltin’ Joe’s game bat, nicknamed Betsy Ann, practically becomes another character, and the tale of its theft and recovery midcourse further raises the suspense. Widener, who has illustrated a number of picture books about great baseball players of the past, supplies green-and-gold acrylic action scenes featuring both the lanky batter and, often, contemporary newspaper headlines about the streak and the war. The author misses a beat by failing to mention that immediately after his streak was broken DiMaggio went on another one of 16 straight games, but more information can be found in her substantial historical essay and list of enough print and web resources to satisfy fans of any age. End notes document quotes. Was this the most perfect summer in baseball, as she claims? Could be. – Booklist

“This picture book was a fun and easy read. I also really enjoyed the illustrations. It is for anyone who wants to read and look at a quick account of Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game streak of having at least one hit. That happened in 1941 and the record still stands today.”

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