Friday, February 22, 2008

Satchel Paige: Don't Look Back 1

The folks at brooklynblowback provide a great service in posting read aloud videos on youtube. Here's part one of a book entitled, "Don't Look Back," by David Adler, a kids' biography of Satchel Paige
from amazon

The great baseball pitcher was always larger than life: here he looms as a folk hero. Adler tells the story of Paige's life simply: the seventh of 11 children, he was sent to reform school for petty theft but was famous for his arm from his earliest years. Successful in the Negro Leagues for decades, he eventually became a major league rookie--in his early forties. Widener's acrylic paintings elongate and exaggerate the figures, using a rubbery perspective and old-fashioned hues to great effect. Although this is not as powerful as Lesa Cline-Ransome's Satchel Paige (1999), it does capture Paige's personal charisma as well as his place in baseball history.


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