The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton Hardcover – 29 Mar 2016
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2017 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List
"An engaging story that reminds readers that "baseball isn't just numbers and statistics, men and boys. Baseball is also ten-year-old girls, marching across a city to try out for a team intended for players twice their age."
"Salerno's illustrations, variously rendered in charcoal, ink, and gouache, as well as digital color, lovingly evoke the time period and the settings. Much fascinating information about Edith's long and adventurous life is added in an author's note. A forgotten star shines anew."
"[The Kid from Diamond Street] should especially appeal to those who enjoyed Vernick and Salerno's Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team. The compelling story and energetic illustrations make this an excellent addition."
-School Library Journal
"Salerno's mixed-media illustrations are a lively amalgam of action and scenic panorama..."
"Choice quotations from [Edith] Houghton bring her personality and love of baseball to vivid life, while Salerno's mixed-media artwork channels the footloose energy of the Jazz Age..."
"This timely message about playing simply for the love of the game, as opposed to personal glory or celebrity, comes through loud and clear."
About the Author
Audrey Vernick has written more than a dozen books for young readers. An avid baseball fan, she lives with her family near the ocean in New Jersey. Visit her website at www.audreyvernick.com.
Steven Salerno has illustrated twenty-two picture books, some of which he also wrote. He lives in New York City. Visit his website at www.stevensalerno.com.
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I want to see this made into a feature film. Or two. Start a franchise -- my family will go see every single one in theaters.
There is one aspect which confused me. Page 28 states a male battery (pitcher and catcher) was used for the team's Japan tour, but then page 30 states that the Japanese newspapers reported that crowds came to see the all-girl team from America. It takes something away from it all if the battery were male since the pitcher can control much of the game. I conclude they were all girls when playing in the U. S., but had a male pitcher in Japan because . . . (they were great hitters so they needed a male pitcher?? Is that the implication?)
The illustrations by Steven Salerno are absolutely wonderful. I loved the brightness, drawing, and color. It is printed in an easy to read font with a two page note from the author including pictures of Edith. This book can be used in the elementary schools as part of history to understand how our culture has changed. It can also be used to prompt discussion about changes which have occurred for females. I highly recommend this book. I wish I had read a book like this as a child so I would have had the guts to get involved instead of just chasing the foul balls the boys hit.
I received this book from the publishers as part of the Assn. of Region 11 School Librarians review group.
“Edith Houghton used to say, ‘I guess I was born with a baseball in my hand,’ and if you’d seen little Edith playing in the 1920’s, you’d probably have believed it. She was magic on the field.”
From a young age Edith was either out playing baseball with her brothers or watching baseball. A girl playing baseball in the 1920’s? A girl playing professional baseball at the age of ten? Impossible you say, meet Edith Houghton who tried out for the Philadelphia Bobbies while she was still in elementary school and was so good that not only did she make the team, she became the starting shortstop. Known as “The Kid”, Edith became a famous baseball player who travelled the world playing against both women’s and men’s teams.
Photographs and additional information on Edith’s life including the fact that she also became the first female scout for a professional baseball team are located in the back.