August 18, 2010
All Star: Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever by Jane Yolen
the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever (AR 4 .3)
by Jane Yolen
Would anyone have guessed that Honus Wagner would be a baseball hero. Bow legs and all, he was a coal miner when he was only 12. But he loved the sport and played ball whenever he got the chance. He even hopped a freight train so that he could make it to the try outs for the chance at becoming a pro.
His efforts paid off and once in the pros he put all those mining muscles to work, setting record after record, many of which still stand today. In the early 1900s, Wagner gave working boys hope.
These working boys are also why he pulled his baseball card off the market. The reason? It was being sold in packs of cigarettes.
I’ll admit it publicly — I am not a baseball fan. Give me a ticket, and I’ll go the game but I’m don’t feel compelled to be there or to watch it on tv. Yet, as soon as I finished this book, I went and found my son and made him read it. As with any book Mom pushes into this hand, he initially resisted but then wouldn’t put it down.
When we ended up with a second copy, we took it to school for a baseball loving teacher.
Pick up this book for baseball fans or any young reader who is having to work super hard to reach a goal.