Becoming Babe Ruth
by Matt Tavares
Published by Candlewick Press
Recommended for ages 5 – 8
Before he is known as the Babe, George Herman Ruth is just a boy who lives in Baltimore and gets into a lot of trouble. But when he turns seven, his father brings him to the gates of Saint Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, and his life is changed forever. At Saint Mary’s, he’s expected to study hard and follow a lot of rules. But there is one good thing about Saint Mary’s: almost every day, George gets to play baseball. Here, under the watchful eye of Brother Matthias, George evolves as a player and as a man, and when he sets off into the wild world of big-league baseball, the school, the boys, and Brother Matthias are never far from his heart.
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 from which you came.
Praise for Becoming Babe Ruth:
On the cover portrait of this picture-book biography, George Herman Ruth’s eyes twinkle so realistically, one expects the famous wink. Inside, this exceptionally engaging chronicle recounts Ruth’s amazing rags-to-riches story…. Well-researched, realistic illustrations… Equally important, the art captures Ruth’s irrepressible personality and joy in playing baseball.
~ Booklist, Starred Review
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
This story demonstrates strong character perseverance as well as fulfilling several Reading Standards for Informational Text. Domain specific language abounds, there is an author’s note & bibliography for further research, and there are graphs of baseball stats for use in math curriculums. Specific Common Core Standards (of Reading Informational Text) addressed are #4, 5 & 7 for grades 3-5.