Players in Pigtails

Players in Pigtails

Book - 2003
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"[Corey] has penned an exuberant tribute to the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League...Setting the story during World War II, Corey introduces baseball-mad Katie Casey.... With all the boys going off to war, Phillip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, holds tryouts for girls' teams, and hundreds show up, including Katie.... Gibbon's pictures look straight out of the 1940s, with vintage details and an evocative color palette." - Booklist, starred review
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2003.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780439183055
0439183057
Branch Call Number: j PO COREY S
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gibbon, Rebecca

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skyekilaen
Dec 14, 2016

With so many men fighting in World War Two, the All American Girls Professional Baseball League steps in to entertain the folks at home. Their debut is not without some drama, though, as public skepticism is high.

We read this with my son when he was quite young. We had to explain some of the basics of historical context to him as we went along, but he got it pretty quickly and loved seeing the young women succeed. As a feminist mama, I loved the book's explanation that the main character, Katie Casey, wasn't "...good at being a girl... at least not the kind of girl everyone thought she should be." However, I was disappointed that Gibbon's otherwise charming, retro art portrayed all the "girls" playing for the league with the same body type: thin. All female athletes aren't the same build. And as Kirkus Reviews notes (a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/shana-corey/players-in-pigtails), the book gives a misleading portrayal that women of color were included in the League.

I still think it's a good book, but those couple of flaws are worth a good conversation.

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