Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Jack Norworth

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A classic American song comes to life in this musical board book.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth, who, ironically, wouldn't attend his first ball game until more than 30 years later. Throughout the years, fans would spontaneously break into song at games, but it is famed announcer Harry Caray, who is credited with creating the seventh-inning stretch sing-along. Caray, who would sing to himself during breaks, was broadcast over a hidden mike, and soon the whole park had joined in, and a tradition was born.

Now, this favorite summertime tune can be heard simply by opening the cover of this sturdy board book. The song plays once each time the book is opened, and children and their parents will soon find themselves singing along. This delightfully illustrated combination of book and tune will be a hit with young baseball fans across the country. Ages 2-5.

 

About Jack Norworth

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Amy Huntington is an artist and illustrator living with her family in Williston, Vermont. Her work has appeared in Vermont Life magazine. She is the author of another childen's book, published in 2001.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by CandyCane Press, Ideals Publications. 16 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The rollicking, perennially popular song, written in 1908- -with Jack Norworth's lyrics and the chords for the chorus included, plus ``The [two] Original Verses,'' but not the tune to go with them.

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The song may have been written by a man who had never been to a game, and it was first sung on the vaudeville circuit of early-20th-century America, but it has long since taken its place as the venerable and beloved anthem of baseball.

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Just in time for spring training, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, based on the lyrics of the well-known tune, inspires John Stadler's intricately detailed pop-up spreads.

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This ode to Norworth's beloved anthem includes the song's little-known verses about "Katie Casey," who is depicted as a baseball-obsessed cat.

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""Gillman scores a solid hit,"" said PW's starred review of this ""sensational"" adaptation of a classic song, here given the backdrop of the 1947 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees.

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Gillman scores a solid hit with this spirited rendition of the familiar ballpark song in a sensational picture book that skillfully conjures up the smell of peanuts, popcorn and sweaty uniforms.

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Like baseball teams and individual players, who are measured against those who came before them and will come after them, every baseball song, past and future, is measured against “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” And so far, after a century, the song’s impressive streak remains unchallenged.

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