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Casey at the Bat

Casey at the Bat

by Ernest Lawrence Thayer Illustrated by Christopher H. Bing

"And somewhere men are laughing,
And somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville
Mighty Casey has struck out."

Those lines have echoed through the decades, the final stanza of a poem published pseudonymously in the June 3, 1888, issue of the San Francisco Examiner. Its author would rather have seen it forgotten. Instead, Ernest Thayer's poem has taken a well-deserved place as an enduring icon of Americana.

Christopher Bing's magnificent version of this immortal ballad of the flailing 19th-century baseball star is rendered as though it had been newly discovered in a hundred-year-old scrapbook. Bing seamlessly weaves real and trompe l'oeil reproductions of artifacts — period baseball cards, tickets, advertisements, and a host of other memorabilia into the narrative to present a rich and multifaceted panorama of a bygone era.

A book to be pored over by children, treasured by aficionados of the sport — and given as a gift to all ages: a tragi-comic celebration of heroism and of a golden era of sport.

2001 Caldecott Honor Book

Ages
6, 8, 7, 9, 10, 5
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
3.1
Guided Reading
NR
Publisher
Handprint Books
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages
32
Genre
Classics, Poetry and Rhymes

About the Author and Illustrator

Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Christopher H. Bing

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