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There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived (edition 2012)

by Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)

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Title:There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
Authors:Matt Tavares
Other authors:Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:nonfiction, 36 pages, 3rd grade and under audience, baseball, World War II, Korean War, 20th century America

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There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt Tavares



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This is a biography of a boy who wanted only one thing in life. He wanted to be the best baseball player ever and wanted to be known for something with this great sport. The author shows his life as a young boy beginning to learn the sport until he became the legendary hero of the game, and was known as the player who was the greatest hitter who ever lived.
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
Matt Tavares is an enthusiastic, joyful fan of baseball; his delight for, and exhilaration over the sport comes through in all of his books. Ted Williams is a perfect subject for Tavares since Williams also had so much enthusiasm for the game.

Tavares tells what a hero Williams was, in spite of his reputation for being a jerk by throwing tantrums, cursing, dissing the fans, and so on. But most baseball fans have excused him, because he was just too good not to appreciate. He was Tavares’ father’s childhood idol.

The book explains just how and why Williams was so amazing – both on and off the baseball field. For example, Williams was a figher-pilot Marine hero both in World War II and Korea. His military service took nearly five full years out of his career, nearly all in his prime, yet he still managed to amass amazing batting numbers. Most modern statistical analyses place Williams, along with Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds, among the three best hitters to have played the game. And his service garnered him accolades as well, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The illustrations (watercolor, gouache, and pencil), also by Tavares, are up to the author/illustrator’s usual high standards in terms of historical authenticity and the ability to capture action and convey emotions.

At the back of the book there are background notes and a page of statistics.

Evaluation: I don’t like watching baseball, but I sure love reading about the heroes who have participated in the game. This is a great book, and not just for baseball fans!

2012 Junior Library Guild Selection
2012 Oppenheim Gold Seal Award
2012 Booklist Top Ten Sports Books for Youth
2012 New England Book Award finalist

Note: This is an author you should get to know. Besides producing well-researched great books, he spends a lot of time with kids, reading, signing books, and sharing his love of baseball! ( )
  nbmars | Sep 7, 2013 |
Well written, well presented. This was an exceptional picture book biography. As a fan of baseball, I liked it all the more. How cool would it have been to see Ted Williams play? ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
A great baseball player who is one of the best. He never gave up and he worked hard for what he wanted.He also was in the military while trying to fulfill his dreams in being the best baseball player. ( )
  MaryEttaJ | Apr 24, 2013 |
An admiring, revealing portrait of the legendary Red Sox slugger who also had a distinguished military career. Includes career stats and a bibliography. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Ted Williams, the best / living and breathing baseball / Swing! it’s a home run

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763627895, Hardcover)

A lively picture book biography of Ted Williams from a master of the genre — just in time for Fenway Park's centennial.

Ted Williams lived a life of dedication and passion. He was an ordinary kid who wanted one thing: to hit a baseball better than anyone else. So he practiced his swing every chance he got. He did fingertip push-ups. He ate a lot of food. He practiced his swing again. And then practiced it some more. From his days playing ball in North Park as a kid to his unmatched .406 season in 1941 to his heroic tours of duty as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, the story of Teddy Ballgame is the story of an American hero. In this engrossing biography, a companion to Henry Aaron’s Dream, Matt Tavares makes Ted Williams’s life story accessible to a whole new generation of fans who are sure to admire the hard work, sacrifice, and triumph of the greatest hitter who ever lived.

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"Ted Williams, the legendary Red Sox slugger, lived a life full of dedication and passion. From his days as a young kid playing ball in North Park to his unmatched .406 season in 1941 to his stints as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, the story of Teddy Ballgame is the story of an American hero."--P. 2 of cover.… (more)

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