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Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic…

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (1888)

by Ernest L. Thayer

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"Casey At The Bat" is a poem taking place in 1888 about a star baseball player up to bat at the end of a baseball game. The book gives a background to the history of the poem, stating that it was written by Ernest Thayer in 1888 and became a ballad of the republic. To go along with the poem, Christopher Bing creates amazing illustrations that make it seem like you are reading a newspaper article about Casey and the game in 1888, complete with clippings, old time baseball cards, money, and advertisements. This book could be used as a companion to a lesson on post-Civil War America, but any teacher could use this book in their classroom as a lesson on not being too cocky.
  BrettMartin | Jan 18, 2017 |
I have always loved this poem! ( )
  caseybp | Dec 26, 2016 |
This audio book was delightful to listen to as we traveled with our grandkids! My husband is a baseball umpire and, of course, can recite this poem from memory. The narrator's voice was perfect for this poem and time era. The descriptive words bring this poem alive and you're hoping for Casey to hit that ball, only to feel the sinking thud of Casey striking out! (I'd never read or heard this poem before so I listened with anticipation.)

I'd love to see the book. The illustrations are done by Patricia Polacco! ( )
  Kerri.York | Aug 6, 2016 |
I would use this book for 3rd grade boys or older. Boys would love this poem because of its connection to baseball. You could turn this poem into a reader's theater or use it in a unit about poetry. You could also talk about the history of baseball with your students and have them compare and contrast the differences between then and now in baseball. ( )
  vross316 | Apr 6, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this poem/picture book. I would read this as a real-aloud to a fourth grade classroom. I would read it to them a couple of times, and have them read it on their own. I would briefly review what they have already learned about poetry and rhyme schemes. I would then turn this into an actors theater and have the students stand in places where baseball players would be. We would have the diamond and the outfield and things like that. I would then read the poem and have the students act out as I'm reading. I would give each student the opportunity to play Casey, because I'm sure they all want to. And I would teach a history lesson just briefly about who Casey was and why he was important.
  AnnaTaylor | Apr 4, 2016 |
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Bill Ott (Booklist, Feb. 15, 2001 (Vol. 97, No. 12))
First-time children's book illustrator Bing's take on Casey at the Bat represents, above all, a stunning example of contemporary bookmaking in which the most sophisticated electronic techniques have been used to re-create the past. The text is presented as a "newly discovered," 100-year-old scrapbook into which newspaper articles, including Thayer's poem and other memorabilia, have been pasted, recording not only the events of the day--Casey's ninth-inning strikeout and the Mudville nine's four-to-two defeat--but also a broader view of the baseball world in 1888. The poem is illustrated in two-page spreads in which Bing's scratchboard drawings effectively capture the look of engravings used in newspapers of the period. Imposed over the drawings are fictional clippings that amplify issues suggested in the text (on the spread where Jimmy Blake "tears the cover off the ball," an editorial decries the practice of using only one ball throughout a game). Elsewhere, the illustrations depict a black player, and the clipping concerns the soon-to-be-instituted color line. (As with all the fictional clippings, this reference to baseball before the color line is historically accurate.) There is a phenomenal amount of information on baseball history compacted into this fascinating format, and the juxtaposition of memorabilia to text is unfailingly, even exhaustingly, clever (a newspaper ad for "bronchial troches" to cure hoarseness appears alongside the lines "Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell"). As with so many recent tour-de-force picture books, however, questions linger about the audience. For all its brilliance and bravura, this is a far less kid-friendly Casey than Gerald Fitzgerald's 1995 version. Adults, of course, will marvel at the bookmaking and relish the arcane information, but they may meet a fate similar to Casey's when they try to pass on their enthusiasm to their young children. Category: Books for the Young--Nonfiction. 2000, Handprint, $17.95. Ages 5-8.

added by kthomp25 | editBooklist, Bill Ott (Apr 16, 2010)

» Add other authors (6 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ernest L. Thayerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bendis, KeithIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fitzgerald, GeraldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frame, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, MartinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gould, ElliottPerformersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hall, DonaldAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hull, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kane, CarolPerformersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moser, BarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neiman, LeRoyDrawingssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Payne, C. F.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polacco, PatriciaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torre, JoeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tripp, WallaceIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yarnell, JimDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two with but one inning left to play.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689854943, Hardcover)

The outlook wasn't brilliant

for the Mudville nine that day:

The score stood four to two

with but one inning more to play....

Since 1888 Casey at the Bat has been read and loved by baseball fans around the world. Now Mighty Casey has been brought to life by celebrated illustrator C. F. Payne, who captures the old-fashioned fun of an afternoon at the ballpark for a brand-new generation.

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A narrative poem about a celebrated baseball player who struck out in the crucial moment of a game.

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