Monday, August 1, 2016

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!


A fun, yet educational program, inclusive of African-Americans and
women in the sport, designed to help kids develop a sense of history and empathy
(ages 6-9)

Music playing as they come in: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” --Carly Simon sings in on track 1 on CD that accompanies book:

Show cover of Teammates by Peter Golenbook (J796.357 GOL), ask if anyone knows who is in the picture (Jackie Robinson) – then read this book which tells the story of the hostility Jackie received when he was the first to integrate the major leagues and how his fellow player “Pee Wee” Reese stood up for him.

Song (to tune "John, Jacob, Jingleheimer Schmidt" (clapping reduction) modified by Carol Simon Levin) 
Jackie had a baseball ball and bat. 
He loved to play all day. 
Whenever he would play, the people all would say,
Jackie – make home base today!  La La La La La La!

Show cover of Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen by Marissa Moss (JB MItchell). Ask what the kids notice (its a girl!)read this book which tells the story of Jackie Mitchell, the girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig!

Reprise song above with “he” changed to “she.”

“Did you ever daydream when you were supposed to be keeping your eye on the ball?...that’s what this story is about…”

Randy Riley’s Big Hit –Chris Van Dusen (booktalked: Moon ball – Jane Yolen (fantasy "eye on the ball is all"))

Read: The Summer My Father was Ten by Pat Brisson – kids playing a pick-up baseball game end up ruining a garden in this story about making amends and intergenerational friends.

Finished with an exciting narrative of a single hit by Jackie Robinson – read: Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson Against the Odds by Robert Burleigh (JB Robinson) -- the book ends with the line: “…because this is Jackie Robinson and baseball (and America, too) will never again be quite the same.

Ended with a rousing reprise of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” --Carly Simon

Booktalked:  Eight Animals Play Ball – Susan Middleton Ely (bilingual) Song/Book: Take Me Out to the Ball Game, The Field Beyond the Outfield – Mark Teague,
Players in Pigtails – Shana Corey (Women's Professional Baseball League during WW2, the movie: A League of Their Own),  Girl Wonder – Deborah Hopkinson, Alex Rodriguez: Out of the Ballpark (also in Spanish) by Frank Morrison

MLK Center 8.16

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