Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream

Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream

by Crystal Hubbard, Randy DuBurck


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If there was anything in the world better than playing baseball, Marcenia Lyle didn't know what it was. As a young girl in the 1930s, she chased down fly balls and stole bases, and dreamed of one day playing professional ball.

With spirit, spunk, and a great passion for the sport, Marcenia struggled to overcome the objections of family, friends, and coaches, who felt a girl had no place in the field. When she finally won a position in a baseball summer camp sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals, Marcenia was on her way to catching her dream.

Full of warmth and youthful energy, Catching the Moon is the story of the girl who grew up to become the first woman to play for an all-male professional baseball team. Readers everywhere will be inspired by her courage to dream and determination to succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600605727
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 141,441
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 Years

About the Author

Crystal Hubbard is a sports buff and full-time writer who was lucky enough to meet Arthur Ashe as a young girl. Her Lee & Low titles The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby and Catching the Moon: The Story of A Young Girl's Baseball Dreams have been recognized with several honors. Hubbard lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her family.

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Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catching The Moon is an inspiration to readers of all ages. No children's library is complete without this story of how hard work and determination can overcome societal boundaries and economic disadvantages. Loved this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So many children's books come off as preachy but Catching The Moon is an entertaining, inspiring account of Marcenia Lyle, who achieved her dream of being a professional baseball player. The fact that she did it at a time in history when it was hard for African American women to achieve even the most modest career aspirations is a testament to Marcenia's hard work and drive. Catching The Moon is a great example of how dreams can come true, for anyone. Loved this book and loved reading it to my children.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who do you think took Hank Aaron¿s place on the Negro League Indianapolis Clowns when Aaron moved to the Major Leagues? It was none other than a female: thirty-two year old Toni Stone (born Marcenia Lyle). She was the first female member of an (otherwise) all-male professional baseball team. She began her career as a pitcher with the Twin Cities Colored Giants, and from there moved on to semiprofessional and minor league Negro teams prior to joining the Indianapolis team.And before that, she was a little girl with a big dream. This charming book with wonderful illustrations tells the story of how Marcenia, as a very young girl, had no other wish but to play baseball. Her father was opposed: he thought she should be like other girls:"'She¿ll be what every other girl in this neighborhood will be,¿ Papa grumbled. `A teacher, a nurse, or ¿ ``A maid,¿ Mama said softly.¿Marcenia got her big chance when Gabby Street, manager for the St. Louis Cardinals, came by her playground looking for kids for his baseball camp. He told Marcenia he could only take boys, but she was so good he gave in and even bought her a pair of cleats:"Marcenia felt as proud and happy as if she had reached right up in the sky and caught the moon in her glove. She was on her way to becoming a real baseball player. She would make her dream come true.¿Marcenia changed her name when she grew up so that it would sound less cutesy (and more androgenous). As Toni Stone, her most memorable baseball moment came when she played against the legendary Satchel Paige in 1953:"He was so good,' she remembered, 'that he'd ask batters where they wanted it, just so they'd have a chance. He'd ask, 'You want it high? You want it low? You want it right in the middle? Just say.' People still couldn't get a hit against him. So I get up there and he says, 'Hey, T, how do you like it?' And I said, 'It doesn't matter, just don't hurt me.' When he wound up--he had these big old feet--all you could see was his shoe. I stood there shaking, but I got a hit. Right out over second base. Happiest moment in my life."In 1985 Stone was inducted into the Women¿s Sports Foundation¿s International Women¿s Sports Hall of Fame. In 1990 she was also inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame where she is a part of two separate exhibits including ¿Women in Baseball¿ and ¿Negro League Baseball¿. In 1993 Stone was also inducted into the Women¿s Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Sudafed International Women¿s Sports Hall of Fame. Evaluation: This inspiring, heartwarming book for children has beautiful illustrations and a wonderful message, especially for young girls who want to go beyond the boundaries of what is expected of them.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Review title: With All Her Heart. Have you ever wanted something to the point that you gave it your all? Well then, you know somewhat how the protagonist of this book feels. Her heart is set on achieving her baseball goal. This is a great book to inspire youth to set a goal and then pursue that goal until its completion. *Good for encouraging students to set goals and work towards fulfilling their goals. Book gives a brief account of Marcenia Lyle (aka Toni Stone) Marcenia "Toni Stone" Lyle Alberga (D.O.D. = 2 November 1996). *Educational. *Inspiring. *Don't give up no matter how the situation looks, there maybe away to reach your dream that you did not think of yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a grade school teacher in a baseball crazed Midwestern city, I look for special books to present to my class every April to coincide with Major League baseball's spring training. Catching The Moon: A Young Girl's Baseball Dream is the centerpiece of this spring's book projects. Mrs. Hubbard did an excellent job of showing the value of having a dream and how hard work and dedication are almost more important than raw talent when it comes to making a dream come true. Catching The Moon is wonderfully illustrated by Randy DuBurke, and the drawings are the perfect complement to Mrs. Hubbard's energetic, emotionally stirring text. The end of the book will give young readers cause to rejoice and the Afterword reveals that the book's young subject fulfilled her dream to play professional baseball beyond even her own imagination. This is a wonderful book with a timeless, thought-provoking message. It is suitable for readers of all ages, however readers between the ages of 6 and 10 will especially appreciate the illustrations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grown-ups reading this book to children will learn something important about perseverance and determination in this book about the first woman to be a member of an all-male professional baseball team. This story combines true facts with dialogue both real and imagined to show that no dream is impossible, including catching the moon. I loved this book and so did my three children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catching The Moon, The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream has to be one of the greatest untold stories in the sport of baseball. Crystal Hubbard and Randy DuBurke have done an exemplary job of giving Ms. Toni Stone, the former Marcenia Lyle, the attention and honor she is due. Every person, young or old, should read this book to learn a thing or two about the rewards of perseverance and hard work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that should be read by everyone who says that girls are not good baseball players. Girls are very good baseball players. Marcenia is the best! I loved this book! It was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catching The Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream is the story of a little girl named Marcenia, who dreams of being a professional baseball player. This ambition is most unlikely since Marcenia is a female black child growing up in America in the 1930s. Catching The Moon is a fantastic example of how determination and hard work can make any dream no matter how improbably it seems to come true. This true story of Marcenia Lyle, who really did grow up to be the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, is inspiring not just to children but to anyone who thinks it may be too late to pursue a dream. This book serves as an example to all that anything is possible. It is truly a remarkable story brilliantly told by Crystal Hubbard and wonderfully illustrated by Randy DuBurke.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catching The Moon:The Story Of A Young Girl's Baseball Dream is a brilliant story on its own made more so by its author. Crystal Hubbard read her work for a group assembled at a Barnes & Noble store and adults and children sat enraptured by her telling. Ms. Hubbard flatly insisted that Catching The Moon is not her story, that it is the story of Marcenia 'Toni Stone' Lyle. Most importantly, Ms. Hubbard taught her young listeners that Catching The Moon is the story of everyone who has every felt that a dream was out of reach. Catching The Moon is wonderfully told, beautifully illustrated, and it should be regarded as an instant classic. I was quite moved by the book as well as Ms. Hubbard's grace and dedication to her work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catching The Moon, The Story of a Young Girls Baseball Dream is the kind of book that entertains children and informs adults. The perfect bedtime reading book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of hosting the author of this book in my classroom, and after she read the book to my students they gave the story a standing ovation. The delightful story of real-life female baseball player Marcenia Lyle is told in Catching The Moon. This is a book that will convince young girls that they can make their own dreams happen, and it convincingly shows young boys that girls are more than their equals even in the arena of sports. Children will feel Marcenia's disappointment and triumph, and adult readers will appreciate their own childhood dreams. Catching The Moon should be an integral part of every young reader's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's ever read a book to a child would know that Catching The Moon, The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream is undoubtedly one of the most stirring and inspiring picture books for young readers. The students in my third and fourth grade literature club were totally captivated by the story of Marcenia Lyle, a little girl who played her way into an all-boy baseball camp organized by St. Louis Cardinal manager Gabby Street. All children relate to Marcenia's struggle to follow her dream even though her parents didn't agree with it. It's easy for reviewers to criticize the format of a book, but if they bothered to read the actual content, they would see how awesome Catching The Moon is. The proof is in the faces of the little girls inspired by Marcenia and the little boys that now admire her. Catching The Moon is a triumph.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marcenia is one of the best baseball players in school but she might not get to go to baseball camp because the shoes she needs are too expensive. You will never believe who gives her the shoes! If you like baseball then you will love Catching The Moon: The Story Of A Young Girl's Baseball Dream. Even though this is a picture book it is good for older kids like me to read because it tells about a woman who grew up and played baseball.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catching The Moon is the delightful story of 10-year-old Marcenia Lyle, who grew up to be the first African American woman to play on an all-male baseball team. This book focuses on Marcenia's goal to go to a baseball camp. I loved this story! It very beautifully shows how one event in a child's life can change the very course of her life. This book is brilliantly written and the illustrations suit the text perfectly. This book is a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If it matters what a kid thinks then I just want to say that I really, really, really liked Cathing The Moon. I liked that Marcenia liked baseball. She is good at it because she plays it a lot. This is a really good book. I liked this book a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never even heard of a woman playing professional baseball, and this true account of Marcenia Lyle is a brilliant introduction to one of the greatest yet least known figures in American sports. The sports element is gorgeously described by Crystal Hubbard, but the greater lesson is that hard work pays off. This picture book for children has a message that people of all ages needs to learn. I really enjoyed reading this beautiful book to the girls in my classroom, but the boys enjoyed it also because of the baseball parts. This is an absolutely delightful book by a promising new voice in children's literature.