Becoming Joe DiMaggio

Becoming Joe DiMaggio

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Random House, Inc.
Spare, simple poems tell a boy’s moving story in this short novel about baseball, family, and the American dream.

It’s 1936, and the Yankees have just hired a star center fielder whose name sounds like music. What could be a better time for Papa-Angelo’s grandson to be born? Christened after the legendary ballplayer, young Joseph Paul learns much at his Italian grandfather’s knee - about holding your breath in front of the radio during a 3-2 count with the bases loaded and having the audacity to dream big dreams. After all, the boy’s ne’er-do-well father is out of the picture, and it is Papa-Angelo’s job to teach his grandson what it means to be a hero.

In a poignant novel told in verse, Maria Testa paints a picture of a timeless bond between a grandson and his immigrant grandfather - and of finding his own place in a brave new world.

Baker & Taylor
Simple poems tell the touching story of Joseph Paul, who was named after baseball great Joe DiMaggio, and his immigrant grandfather, Papa-Angelo who teaches him all about life, family, and baseball, vividly capturing the special bond between a grandson and his grandfather.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763615376
Branch Call Number: J 811 TESTA
Characteristics: 51 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hunt, Scott (Scott W.), - Illustrator


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