Players in Pigtails

Players in Pigtails

Book - 2003
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A winning new picture book about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League--written with sass and style by all-star Shana Corey with illustrations from promising young rookie Rebecca Gibbon.

Did you know that one of America's favorite songs, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," was written about a girl? And that in the 1940s girls all across America were crazy for our country's favorite game?
These little known facts inspired Shana Corey to imagine a story about how one determined girl made her way to the big leagues & found a sisterhood of players in pigtails. With the same exuberant spirit that fueled the formation of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, joyful text & jubilant pictures celebrate these brave girls' love of the game & the league they called their own.
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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