Perfect for Baseball Season!
From School Library Journal:
Inspired by the movie A League of Their Own about Phillip Wrigley's All-American Girls Professional Baseball League started during World War II, Corey researched and uncovered a little-known verse to the popular song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The verse begins: "Katie Casey was baseball mad/Had the fever and had it bad." The fictional female becomes the main character in this thoroughly charming picture book about a young woman whose "heart just wasn't in home ec" but who "walked baseball- talked baseball" and "even dreamed baseball." Corey takes readers through Katie's disastrous knitting and dancing, her successful tryout for the Kenosha Comets, the charm school the team members were required to attend, and the excitement of the first game. Through lively prose, she perfectly captures the character and spirit of the events described. Gibbon's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations are absolutely delightful, depicting both humor and drama.
I have created 21 book extension activities for his title.
Cover Story Pre-Reading Activity
Making Connections Before Reading
Let’s Take a Picture Walk (2 Activities)
I Wonder… Formulating Questions
Comprehension Questions (Key Included)
Compare and Contrast Katie and You
Compare and Contrast AAGPBL and MBL
Main Character Portrait
Problem and Solution
Making Connections: Text to Self
Making Connections: Text to Text
Making Connections: Text to World
What do you think? Writing Activity
All About Katie Casey
Cover Art – Design a New Book Cover
Players in Pigtails 3-2-1 Summarizing Activity