Casey at the Bat

Casey at the Bat


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A blend of the absurd and the tragic lies at the heart of this immortal baseball ballad, an authentic masterpiece of American humor. This grand edition steps up to the plate with more than fifty bold pen-and-ink drawings that perfectly capture the poem's ironic tone and comic spirit.
From its 1888 debut in the San Francisco Examiner, "Casey at the Bat" quickly caught on with a public that was embracing baseball as the national pastime. By the turn of the twentieth century, everyone was familiar with the Mudville Nine and its vainglorious slugger. An Introduction by Martin Gardner traces the remarkable history of a poem that has inspired songs, movies, and cartoons. This new edition of a folkloric favorite will delight baseball fans, nostalgia buffs, and lovers of Americana. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698115576
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/28/1997
Series: All Aboard Books Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 160,649
Product dimensions: 7.94(w) x 10.48(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

An undergraduate contributor to the Harvard Lampoon, Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863–1940) took his satiric talents to the San Francisco Examiner at the invitation of his former classmate, William Randolph Hearst. "Casey at the Bat" made its first appearance under a pseudonym in an 1888 issue of the Examiner.

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Casey at the Bat 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite poems and is definatly worth $1
ktinney2315937 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Casey at the bat is about a team who is behind in the game and thinks that if Casey could get up to bat they would be able to score some points. When Casey does get up to bat he ends up striking out and losing the game for his team. Great book with rhyming in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son's name is Casey. He loves it until the part where he strikes out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know.. honests ive never tried talking like this but i think that i kinda tots like talkin like this... anyway this poetry was the best.. it taught a few younger kids about big words that sometimes i even had to look up in the dictionary just to find a little meaning to all of the poem. I personally got to take myeffort into putting my time into other peoples lives by reading the younger kids this amazing realistic poem. I even thought that i could make my own little thing or two baseball cards on the trip to the bus. You never know how much fun youll have when you realize that you can make a script and rehearse it in front of an audience or just a small family gathering... or you could think out of the box and do some thing totally unexpected! You can do anything you put your mind too! 5 star rating because it gave children knowledge and very good feedback afterwards, so if you ask me you will think i am a total doofus for making all this up.. but i didnt i read the book at least five million times... this was a great book and i recomend it to people that want knowledge. But not all that boring..( makayla salisbury)
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MakikoMS More than 1 year ago
This book isn't to my liking but it has a really great overall story and an excellent lesson. It teaches you to build self-confidence and to believe in yourself. I really like how it teaches you that and you can just see it. Not only does it teach self-confidence, but it has a lesson in poetry. I recommend it for teachers, students, and class rooms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By: Patricia Polacco The book I read was Casey at the Bat. It is a good picture book if you like baseball. It¿s about a boy named Casey that is lazy because he has so much confidence in himself. In the book, his sister tells him to get up or he would be late for his baseball game. He gets there and his team is losing. It¿s Casey¿s turn to bat and with two strikes he swings and misses and they lose again. But it doesn¿t end here it gets more exciting. When he is up again, he swings on his third strike and the picture zooms out to make it look like he hit a home run. If you have confidence and you believe you can achieve, read this book and find out if it is exciting to you! Reviewed by: Calen