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Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-21 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 18 user ratings
ISBN:1584302437
LANGUAGE:English

" I didn't realize that there was a female player in the Negro Leagues. What a truly interesting piece of history. Of course, the fact that she replaced Hank Aaron when he made the jump to Major League Baseball is another fascinating anecdote and the fact that she prevented the great Satchel Paige from getting a no-hitter is just as interesting a story. This is was a lot of fun and reflected on the gender barriers that still exist in sports today. " said.

"This is a terrific book about persistence, about working toward a goal no matter what others think of it. They may not think you are good enough, or you can't do it because you are a girl, but this girl did not give up. She continued playing baseball and striving toward her dream until she achieved it. It also talks about her financial situation, her family didn't have much and her dad didn't want her playing baseball. This reminds me of when we immigrated to America and didn't have much and I saw other people getting things and doing things that my family could not afford." said.

"Marcenia is an African American child who loves to play baseball. She dreams of becoming a professional baseball player when she grows up. Her mother knows that she will never become a baseball player and will become "what everyone else will be in this neighborhood." The manager for the St. Louis Cardinals comes to watch the kids play baseball because he is having a baseball camp. She is not asked to join the camp because he does not take in girls. This is an inspiring story that might be used in the classroom when talking about civil rights and social issues. " said.

"WOW!!!! What an inspiring story for girls!!!! Marcenia Lyle was as tenacious as they come. She fought hard and worked diligently and passionately to play baseball professionally which was her dream. A fatnastically told true story.

Every girl in the world will be inspired by her journey.

I loved this book and really believe this would be a fantastic @Disney movie.

Kevin Costner, help make it happen and @modernwest should do the music for it.

Crystal Hubbard, this book is phenomenal. Randy DuBurke, the illustrations are pure art. You captured Marcenia's speed perfectly.

Published by Lee and Low Books, @LEEandLOW

#diversity #baseball #Americasfavoritepasttime #kidlit #exceptional #untold #history

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"This book was a very cool book to read and to learn about the first woman to ever play professional baseball is really interesting. I love reading books about people beating the odds, but Crystal Hubbard went beyond just telling the story, she went into exquisite detail and really emphasized it with the illustrations. This book was very well thought out, and included everything we needed to know about Marcenia, and her life leading into playing baseball.

I believe this book is a great book for a classroom discussion as well. We could use this book in the classroom by talking about the concept of never giving up on our dreams, but also as a research project to find out more about Marcenia (Toni Stone).
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"We saw the Storylineonline.net version in my second grade classroom today. You can find it here: Catching The Moon

I really enjoyed it and loved the story responses my students gave me. The (funny to me, tragic to them) stories of second grade injustices made my day. A lot of them feel discriminated because they are so small other older kids won't let them play basketball. I loved how my students connected with Marcenia (the MC) even though the struggles were different. They were really angry at how she was treated.

The racial conflicts and gender inequality was over their heads. They didn't notice how Marcenia's dad didn't want her to be a tomboy and said she would only grow up to be a teacher or a nurse. They didn't notice how sad her mother was when she whispered "or maid." Overall, I really enjoyed this story and it even made me a little teary eyed at times. It was so sweet and I loved this little girl.
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"1. "Catching the Moon" features a young girl named Marcenia. Marcenia loves to play baseball. She thinks of little else and dreams of being a baseball player some day. Her parents are worried about her future, only wanting a good life for her, and Mr. Street a camp recruiter doesn't accept girls in his camp. Through perseverance and skill Marcenia is able to convince her parents and Mr. Street to allow her to go to the camp.
2. This book is a wonderful example of the persistence and effort needed to fulfill your dreams. This book also features a young girl, able and excelling at something that is labeled a "boy's activity". The emotion shown through the illustrations and word choice carries the story so well.
3. Books to pair: "Not all Princesses Dress in Pink" by Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple & "Isabella Girl in Charge" by Jennifer Fosberry & Mike Litwin.
4. Quote: " Marcenia wondered sadly if papa was right. Maybe girls didn't grow up to be ball players after all, but playing baseball was her dream and Marcenia couldn't imagine anything else."
Ths quote can be used as a writing prompt or focus of discussion about times when people were told they were not capable of doing something they dreamed of, or what kind of dreams the students have about their future.
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"I only got the book out of the library because of my commitment to finding stories about historical women (especially women of color), but I'll be honest, the long title and the topic got me thinking it would be dry. When I flipped through it before checking it out, and saw the number of words per page and the smallish font, I resigned myself to it. I mean, regardless, how could I pass up the story of the first woman to play in the professional men's baseball leagues? (She replaced Hank Aaron when he left the Negro Leagues to play for the Major Leagues.) And, of course, that it's the story of a YOUNG woman of color makes it even better. And, of course, that it's doing something with contemporary relevance (as opposed to, say, the right to vote, the end of slavery, etc) makes it a nice addition to other books about Harriet Tubman and Sacagewea and Buffalo Calf Road Woman and others. (Another list I want to make!)

But no! When I actually read it, the story was GREAT! It totally drew me in and I think it would be just as engaging read aloud on a tape or something. (I do think that this is too long to be a read-aloud book, unless it were spread out over a few nights.) But that does not mean that the drawings were bad, not at all. Although it didn't strike me as really visually unique, it was definitely beautiful, and the main character really shines.

Another one for the "to-own" shelf!
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