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Joy in Mudville
Written By: Bob Raczka
Illustrated by: Glin Dibley
Published by: Carolrhoda Books
Description from Amazon:
“It had been only twenty-four hours since Mighty Casey struck out, plunging fans of the Mudville team into gloom and despair. But a new game day dawned, and Casey once again proved his might with a homer in the eighth. The Mudville nine took a one-run lead, but in the bottom of the ninth, their hurler walked three straight.
Bases loaded and the starting pitcher spent, the Mudville manager was not bullish about his bullpen. With the game on the line, he called for rookie Joy Armstrong to take the mound. Could she bring joy to Mudville again—and prove that a girl can play ball as well as any boy?”
Little Coop LOVES books. So we decided to highlight one of his favorite books each week. Since he is only 19 months, I will choose one for him. It’s my one right as a mom; to choose his favorites. LOL
I’ve mentioned before that Little Coop and I frequent our local library at least twice a week. We have a bag that we fill up each time. When we get home, Little Coop LOVES to take each book out of the bag, one by one.
After he unloads the bag, we get down to serious reading business. I enjoy and like most of the books we choose. I’ll admit that at this age, I choose books randomly without giving much though to content. We are reading for vocabulary enhancement. As he gets older, I will search for books that support our values and exposes Little Coop to as much diversity as we can. I’m planning another post about diversity in books, because it is H A R D to find a book that doesn’t feature a little blonde haired, blue eyed girl or boy. But more on that later.
The book I chose to review today is called Joy in Mudville by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Glin Dibley. We all know the story of Casey at the Bat. This book piggybacks onto that story. This story is about an unlikely baseball hero, a girl named Joy. Even though Joy is a rookie baseball player she is chosen to replace the pitcher who walked the last three players, in the 9th inning. The bases are loaded and all eyes are on Joy. As she took the mound, she gets booed and everyone becomes rude about a GIRL coming in as the pitcher. Not only did Joy prove that girls are just as great at baseball as boys, but many different sports.
This will be a book that I will reread Little Coop as he gets older because I really want to drive home the value of equality with him. Society, television, the playground, everything will be working against us in this endeavor but I am determined that he will value every person regardless of their circumstances and identity. I feel that this book is especially helpful in building confidence in girls, and for boys to realize that girls can do anything they can do.
Added bonus? At the end of this book, the original story of Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer is included. It’s a 2-for 1 book. Enjoy!
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