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Babe Ruth and the Ice Cream Mess (Ready-to-Read: Level 2) [Turtleback]

Dan Gutman , Elaine Garvin


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  • Turtleback: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Demco Media (30 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606300600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606300605
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.9 x 1.3 cm

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very strange book 9 Mar 2007
By Austin Blair - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is very odd and, quite frankly, not very good. First of all, Babe Ruth seems like an unusual subject for a kids' book about childhood, since from what I know, Ruth had a fairly unpleasant childhood. After all, his father signed off on parental rights when Babe was seven and he spent the rest of this youth living in a boys' reformatory (St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore).

In the story, seven year-old George (before he became known as "Babe") breaks a window while playing baseball with his friends, runs away from the scene, sees an ice cream cart, later steals a dollar from his father's inexplicably empty tavern, then buys ice cream for all his friends with the dollar. His parents discover his theft, and after a heartfelt exchange with his mother, the book ends with George's father chasing the boy out of the house with a wooden paddle! (I found myself checking the back of the book to make sure I didn't miss the last page--I couldn't believe that a childrens picture book would end in this manner).

This book may have worked better if it had been about Babe's relationship with Brother Matthias, who was Ruth's mentor (and baseball instructor) at the St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, but it makes no sense in trying to write about the Babe's rather indifferent parents (and to end the book on such an odd, unresolved, and sour note that will just leave kids confused).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What on Earth is the Moral of this Story? 9 Dec 2004
By Lynn Ellingwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Strange tale for a young kid. Babe Ruth as a child steals a dollar from dad to buy his friends ice cream and runs away from a beating at home. What?????? This story is a strange tale in the manner it is told.
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1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE.... 24 Oct 2012
By Justine M Cirinelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book, signed by the author, at a school event and when I read it to my 5 yr old I was astonished. Page 22: "George didn't like to lie. His father went down to the basement to get his paddle." Page 28-End: "Mr. Ruth came up the stairs from the basement. He looked angry. George knew what would happen next. He ran out the front door before his father could catch him! 'Come back here, George!' his father yelled. Mrs. Ruth watched her son, and wondered what would become of him."

Is this what we want to read and teach our kids? Is this what you want our public schools selling?

The pictures that go along with the dialog are terrible. I contacted my public school district and returned the book. I do NOT recommend purchasing this book and providing the author with any additional royalties from such a horrible story. I only gave it one star because you had to, otherwise it would be zero.
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my son's favorites 8 July 2013
By Gus Hooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm writing this simply to counter the negative reviews already written about this cute little book. My son is 5 and this is one of his favorites. The intrigue of the stolen dollar connects with him -- all kids grapple with such basic morality questions, and the consequences of misdeeds. It's cathartic for him to see how this plays out. So many other (especially modern) childrens' books are so watered down and "age appropriate" that they barely have anything meaningful to say. This book's tale of corporal punishment is an excellent talking point. My son is fascinated by the idea that parents in times gone by actually punished their kids by spanking them with a wooden paddle. It's eye-opening for him to realize that not all kids had (or have) an easy life like he does. Another good lesson of this book is that even when someone has real challenges in childhood, he can overcome them and achieve great things in life. That's a good message for any kid to hear.
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