Grades 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 4.6
Lexile® Measure: Not Available
Guided Reading: T
- Verse Novel
- Growing Up
- Italian American
- Grandparents and Grandchildren
About This Book
Spare, simple poems tell a boy's moving story in this short novel about baseball, family, and the American dream.
It's 1936, and the Yankees have just hired a star center fielder whose name sounds like music. What could be a better time for Papa-Angelo's grandson to be born? Christened after the legendary ballplayer, young Joseph Paul learns much at his Italian grandfather's knee - about holding your breath in front of the radio during a 3-2 count with the bases loaded and having the audacity to dream big dreams. After all, the boy's ne'er-do-well father is out of the picture, and it is Papa-Angelo's job to teach his grandson what it means to be a hero.
In a poignant novel told in verse, Maria Testa paints a picture of a timeless bond between a grandson and his immigrant grandfather - and of finding his own place in a brave new world.