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Babe & I
by David A Adler
Binding: School & Library Binding
Publisher: San Val
Weight: 0.9 pound
Dimension: H: 0.3 x L: 11 x W: 8.8 inches
ISBN 10: 061393265X
ISBN 13: 9780613932653
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It s 1932 and everyone is struggling through the Great Depression. When the resourceful young narrator of this story discovers that his father is jobless, he decides to become a newsie. He and his friend Jacob figure out how to sell more papers than the other kids. Many more. Because they ve got Babe Ruth to help them. Business is soon booming and, thanks to the Babe, they even get a chance to see a Yankees game.
/Content /EditorialReview EditorialReview Source Amazon.com Review /Source Content 'For my birthday I was hoping my parents would give me a bicycle. They only gave me a dime.'

So begins David Adler's inspired tale of the challenges and magic yes, magic of a depression era childhood spent in the Bronx, New York. Disappointed, but not surprised by his present, the young narrator in The Babe & I spends his birthday afternoon wandering neighborhood streets with his best friend Jacob, discussing as always the New York Yankees and the world's greatest baseball player, Babe Ruth. The boys may have little in the way of monetary goods, but they do live within walking distance of Yankee stadium. They get a special lift from their proximity to this golden team of graced athletes, even if they can never go inside the gate. On this day, however, the stakes are raised significantly when the narrator discovers a difficult, saddening secret about his father. In response, he decides to join Jacob and become a newspaper boy a decision that helps his family through these tough years and leads the narrator into the best, most unbelievable encounter of his life better than any bike or birthday or anything.

Adler's honest, vivid reflection of 1930s life is perfectly complemented by Terry Widener's evocative, earth toned illustrations. Reminiscent of WPA murals, Widener's images help Adler transport the reader to another time and place in a symbiotic pairing that makes this tender book a true work of art. (Ages 5 and older) Jean Lenihan


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