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information they are trying to learn Mmf Baseball Symbolic sports of its ilk get all the good press when it they are trying to learn Mmf Baseball Symbolic sports of its ilk get all the good press when it to children s books Tiki Barber books aside if I were to place odds I d have to say that a full 50% of kids books about sports concentrate on baseball After all its fans are inclined to view a regular game as nothing short of pic Men in a field Duking it out under a blazing sun The intermingling of strength and smarts Yeah So basically baseball bores me to tears I ll sit in on a game anytime you like but that s just as something to pass the time doing So when I pick up a book like You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax I m looking at it the same way any bored nine year old might I place it on my lap and yell at it Okay book Impress me Make me care It s a tall order Lesser books have scuffled their feet and slunk away from the challenge And for all that the cover of this book is a holographic wonder I wasn t gonna let some pretty Johnny come lately charm me into thinking it was a I was thrilled when a baseball biography landed on the North Carolina Children s Book Award list for the year But I have to admit I judt didn t really get this one I mean I ve heard of Sandy Koufax and I m thrilled to get his name out to a new generation of fans Or for that matter to build a new generation of baseball fans But this book just didn t work for me The unnamed first person narrator concept did not work for me I didn t care for the art I found the side bars with Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas extra information usually something I love to be kind of odd in what they highlighted and how Sorry I just didn t like it Two things really lowered this book in myyes The first one being the most important the author writes Sandy Koufax was like the Greek god of baseball Anyone with the slightest knowledge of history andor Judaism would know how offensive that is The amazing part is that this is written 2 pgs after describing Koufax #s famous refusal to play during High Holy Days The second thing that I find #famous refusal to play during High Holy Days The second thing that I find is that some of the stats are described as taken from Wikipedia Baseball stats can be very subjective to begin with why would any respectable author or The Magic Rolling Pin editor for that matter take stats from a source that is not known for being the most reliable In picking out baseball books for my week ahead I was drawn to the cover of this one as I anticipate my students to be on Monday There were a few in this series about baseball greats Surprisingly I never heard of the series However it s a great approach to biographies for young students I really like the layout narration and presentation It sasy to get into you learn a lot about the player and for those that want to learn about baseball and the stats opportunities are provided Very nicely done and I look forward to checking out in this series I had heard of Sandy Koufax prior to this book I could tell you he was something to do with baseball and that s about all I may not have Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, even gotten the sport right but I knew he was an athleteNow however I can tell you that Koufaxarned his star status as a Dodger through hard hard work He was Jewish and proud to be so in a time and place that didn t necessarily accept him He had lots of potential as a youth but once he made it to the major leagues he didn t get the chance to really Not Without a Fight explore that potential so he asked to be worked He threw wild pitches but once he finally relaxed and let himself do what he did he became a force to be reckoned with Not bad for someone who kinda sorta knew who he was and it s thanks to this bookWhile this isn t an on the day he was born biography we do get a snapshot of his youth before turning our attention to his career as a Dodger through his retirement Throughout we learn about who Sandy Koufax was as a person not just a baseball player That he was proud of his heritage and knew that hard work was the only way to compete Very good sentiments to convey to today s childrenWhen I first read this I didn t notice all the details of the illustrations Once I did I loved them I loved how Dodger blue was the. Hear that he actually uit only to return the next season different firing one rocket after another over the plate We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day And we see him in pain because of an overused left armventually retiring at the peak of his ca. .
I loved this book and couldn t wait to share "It With The Children At My School As I D " with the children at my school As I d they loved the cover They also loved the way the illustrator used gold on the pictures The story was a little too hard for them They were confused with the author s use of first person plural They did not get the way the author used the vernacular voice to tell the story They needed background information about KoufaxBut they loved that it was about a baseball player They liked the voice of the author and thought it was fun When it came down to voting the room was clearly divided Children who loved baseball rated it a 5 and those who did not like Booklist 2009 Editors Choice Review Plot SummaryPersonal Response Sandy Koufax grew up in Brooklyn and as a child there were two things that stuck out about him One he was Jewish and two he was incredible at very sport he tried By the age of 19 he had a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers pitching however the beginning of his career did not go so well He struggled his first few years of his career actually the organization was moved to Los Angeles and it wasn t until 1961 that he began to shine For the next five years he was one of the best pitchers in all of the MLB Then in the 1965 playoffs on a night Koufax was to pitch he did not attend the game because it was the beginning of a Jewish holiday He showed his true colors that night proving what meant to him and will always be remembered as one of the greatest left handed pitchers #To Ever Play The Game #ever play the game Koufax in my mind was a great pitcher but importantly he was a great role model something that s hard to find these days He was my grandfathers favorite player of all time and he has been rooting for the Dodgers before they moved to LA The book is very accurate and adds little sidebars of information throughout the pages that wouldn t always fit in the text which is really cool because I like numbersLiterary Merit Andre Carrilho has a very interesting illustration style and it is portrayed right on the front cover The form of a human body is all there and normal but veryone s The Unseen Wonder eyes are closed They are just two small lines whereyes normally would be Creating the illustrations this way could be confusing for a reader and brings up a lot of uestions Another interesting piece about the illustrations is the over sizing of the hats and gloves on the players This also leads to uestioning why the illustrations are done this way but certainly they are The Management Bible eye catching and make for interesting picturesGenre Considerations This is a non fiction biographical picture book on the life and major league career of Sandy Koufax Each page talks about a year or anvent in Sandy s life then goes through almost ach of the seasons he played for the Dodgers and on some of the pages there are statistics comparing Koufax to some of the other greatest pitchers of all time The information throughout the text is important to understanding who Sandy Koufax was and the sidebars full of statistics helps to put into perspective how amazing he was Reader ResponseClassroom Connections Students specially in lementary school to have time to run around be outside and be kids One way to incorporate this story into a classroom be as simply as at recess time playing a game of baseball Most students can then use their imagination and pretend to be whichever baseball player they look up to or want to be Baseball involves being able to count balls strikes outs and many other mathematical skills and ideas that normally you would have to read about in your math textbook Another idea would be to use the moving of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and study both the cities This move went the whole way across the United States students could team up and choose between researching California and the Los Angeles area and others could choose to research New York and Brooklyn This also could become a history lesson on what was occurring in these places at this time Most children njoy some sort of physical activity or sport so it would be important to use sports in a classroom. In this striking picture book biography an old timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax such an amazing baseball player We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky that he was shy with his teammates and xperienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game We. ,
Primary color and tied into that was the gold you can see in the first picture of Koufax s glove Add a bit of the red found on the Dodger uniform and that completes the color palette verything lse is in muted grey ish colors Although check out the red in the illustration when Koufax does relaxPut it together and you have a great book that s sure to interest sports fans and not really sports fans like myself because Koufax is a really interesting character that I m glad received some attention from the WinterCarrilho teamRecommended grades 1 to 2 and up Starting with the line You gotta be kidding You never heard of Sandy Koufax the author outlines the career of Sandy Koufax in a kid friendly voice The author was very aware of his intended audience and used improper grammar and structure and instead wrote as if he was in a conversation It never felt like I was sitting down to leran Rather I read a story in which many facts and bits of information were intergrated In talking about his sudden retirement the author states You should seen it when he made the announcement A room full of reporters mouths fell open It made no sense It was this tone that made the book uite njoyableI think this book would be a great read for younger baseball lovers In addition to the wonderful use of voice the pictures are captivating The use of color makes specific components stand out to the treader For those that are interested in baseball to a great degree the book includes sidebars with statistics and facts related to Sandy
career I would recommend book for use with third and fourth graders I was born and raised in Los Angeles and am old noughS Career I Would Recommend
to remember Sandy Koufax but clearly there are many young peopleremember Sandy Koufax but clearly there are many young people baseball fans who have never heard of him This picture book biography seeks to bring Koufax front and center for young fans The book opens as follows You gotta be kidding You never heard of Sandy Koufax He was only the greatest lefty who ver pitched in the game of baseballThe narrator is an unidentified Dodgers teammate who talks in an informal folksy style We learn about Koufax growing up Jewish in Brooklyn where he was supposed to be a doctor or a lawyer But Sandy was a fantastic athlete great at basketball as well as baseball Soon the baseball scouts come sniffin around and the 19 year old Koufax is signed to the Dodgers But Koufax wasn t a great pitcher right away Some of the guys didn t like him both because he kept to himself and because he was Jewish and his pitching was Yummy Supper erratic setting records for wild pitches In fact Koufaxven uits the team but soon nough is back at spring training But finally Koufax hits his stride striking out player after player throwing so hard his hat falls off But fame and success come with a price his lbow swells so badly after Deep Listening each game that he has to ice it and constantly take painkillersAuthor Jonah Winter tells of course the famous story of how Koufax sat out the 1st game of the 1965 World Series his turn to pitch because it fell on the Jewish High Holy Days when if you re Jewish you ain t supposed to workSandy sits out the game to show he s proud to be Jewish and to set a goodxampleand becomes an ven bigger hero to American JewsAnd when he s at the top of his game he startles the baseball community by retiring It was that or lose the use of his armWinter doesn t try to make Koufax into a warm and fuzzy guy instead he concentrates on his journey and special talents as a pitcher The illustrations in the book by Portuguese illustrator Andre Carrilho are xtraordinary done in graphite on paper with color and texture added on the computer they capture the speed power and grace of Koufax on the moundThe book includes sidebars filled with statistics as well as factoids such as a list of famous Jewish baseball playersThis book has received a number of well arned awards including Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Young Readers Top of the List award from Booklist as the best children s non fiction book of 2009 Booklist Editor s Choice and ALA Notable Book and honors from Kirkus and Parents Magazine. Reer Finally we are told that people are still “scratchin’ their heads over Sandy” who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day Accompanied by sidebars filled with statistics this Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year and Booklist Top of the List is sure to delight budding baseball fan.