In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax such an amazing baseball player. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. We hear that he actually quit, only to return the next season--different--firing one rocket after another over the plate. We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day. And we see him in pain because of an overused left arm, eventually retiring at the peak of his career. Finally, we are told that people are still "scratchin' their heads over Sandy," who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day.
Accompanied by sidebars filled with statistics, this "Parents" Magazine Best Book of the Year and "Booklist" Top of the List is sure to delight budding baseball fans.
About the Author
Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of many picture book biographies, including "Barack", which was a "New York Times" bestseller. His other books include "Here Comes the Garbage Barge", " Sonia Sotomayor", "Roberto Clemente", and others. A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Patricia C. McKissack is one of "the "most acclaimed authors writing for children today, and has written many award-winning books, including "Goin' Someplace Special," "Let My People Go" (recipient of the NAACP Image Award), "Mirandy and Brother Wind" (a Caldecott Honor Book), and most recently, "Precious and the Boo Hag." The author lives in St. Louis, MO.
Andre Carrilho is a designer, cartoonist, caricature artist, and illustrator. His illustrations have appeared in "The New York Times Book Review," "Harper's," and "Vanity Fair," among others. This is his first book for children.Andre Carrilho lives in Lisbon, Portugal.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2008:
“Hand this book to kids unconvinced by Koufax’s mind-boggling numbers, or to the ones who know why they’re so mind boggling to begin with.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, January 5, 2009:
"Not just a home run, this book is a grand slam."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 2009:
“This striking book deserves a wide audience.”