|Yogi : the life, loves, and language of baseball legend Yogi Berra|
Author: Rosenstock, Barb
The life and famous words of Major League Baseball player and New York Yankee Lawrence "Yogi" Berra.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 501945
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 76683
School Library Journal (12/01/18)
The Hornbook (00/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2018 Gr 2–5—Yogi Berra was a lot of things: a kid from an Italian neighborhood in St. Louis, a World War II vet, an amazing catcher for the New York Yankees, and a man who had a memorable way with words. Rosenstock and Widener use his "Yogi-isms" to highlight a number of difficulties he experienced in his life; in his early struggles as a catcher, Yogi could've said "It's not too far, it just seems like it is." Widener's acrylic illustrations steal the show. He cleverly outlines Yogi in white so that he always stands out to readers and he uses color to signal emotions—red for anger and cool blue for sadness. Rosenstock provides a great amount of back matter, including career stats for catching and hitting, career accomplishments, and a bibliography. The author also includes "A Note About Yogi-isms" to give some insight into how she chose which quotes to include in the book and how readers can find out if Yogi actually said them. In his own words: "I really didn't say everything I said." VERDICT A solid purchase where the Yankees and baseball history are popular, secondary purchase elsewhere.—Kerri Williams, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2019 This is a loving tribute to New York Yankee baseball legend Yogi Berra. Back matter documents his amazing career—he earned multiple World Series rings, one for each finger—and complement the storylike text that introduces a simple Italian kid from Saint Louis who loved his family, loved his friends, and really, really loved baseball. Accompanied by some of his most famous malapropisms, the chronological narrative tells how he struggled, persevered, and ignored criticism, including jabs about his physical appearance, to just concentrate on what he did best: catch and hit baseballs. The illustrations capture the wistful, nostalgic mood and provide period details, and, in fitting tribute, always portray him outlined in white, as if enveloped in a halo. This is laudatory but factual, and readers will come away with an appreciation for both the amazing athlete and the humble, unique individual. Source notes, a bibliography, and additional background information elevate this offering into viable research material, making this an entertaining and worthy addition to sports biography collections. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.