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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Babe & Me
Recently I bought Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman for my grandson and asked his permission to read the book myself. Since I'm not a baseball fan I didn't expect to like it much, but wanted to know what he was reading.
To my surprise, I loved the book! It isn't just about sports, but included time travel, family relationships, and a lot of interesting (even to me) information about baseball history.
This book is one of a series about a kid who is able to travel back to encounter the famous baseball heroes in his collection of classical baseball cards.
What collector hasn't wished to do that? In this one Babe Ruth is portrayed like he might really have been.
Gutman manages to recreate the way things used to be in a believable way and avoids some of the cliches used in many books about time travel. But what kept me turning the pages until I finished the book were the complex and believable relationships between the characters.
Author Janet Ann Collins has been a columnist for the Antique Explorer, a freelance feature writer for a newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area and her work has appeared in many other publications and she is the author of books for kids. As a teacher, she enjoys public speaking. Collins and her husband raised three foster sons with special needs in addition to their birth daughter and are now grandparents.
Premio Dardos means "prize darts" in Italian and it is given in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and person values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. It was bestowed by Shari-Lyle-Soffe.