Mama Played Baseball by David A. Adler

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Amy's dad is away, fighting in World War II, and her mama must take a job. But it's no ordinary job--Amy's mother becomes a baseball player in the first professional women's league! Amy cheers louder than anyone at all of the home games. And while Mama's team travels, Amy works on a secret project--a surprise for her dad when he is finally back home.
With warmhearted, historically based text and lush illustrations, award-winning author David A. Adler and talented new artist Chris O'Leary bring to life the soaring spirit of the 1940s. Featured in the major motion picture A League of Their Own, the All-American Girls Professional League helped women prove that no war could stop the great game of baseball.
An author's note provides historical context for the era.

About David A. Adler

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DAVID A. ADLERis the award-winning author of more than a hundred and fifty books for young people, including America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle;Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man;andThe Babe and I. He lives in Long Island, New York.CHRIS O'LEARY,a talented illustrator and graphic designer, makes his picture book debut withMama Played Baseball.He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Published January 2, 2000 by Harcourt. 28 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Oil paintings filled with motion and muted colors reminiscent of painter Thomas Benton Hart take the reader back to the time of WWII in this low-key story about a girl whose mother plays baseball.

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Adler (The Babe and I; Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man) heads back to the ballpark for this tale of a girl whose mother makes it i

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An evening with Amy and her grandparents gathered around the Sunday dinner table seems designed only to demonstrate her grandfather's memory loss ("You told Amy last night about the war and your medal," his wife says.

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