The Bat Boy & His Violin

The Bat Boy & His Violin

Book - 1998
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It is 1948 and, as Jackie Robinson did the prior year, many top African American ball players in the Negro Leagues are defecting to join "white teams." Curtis's (Grandma's Baseball) plot centers on Reginald, a young violin player whose father manages the Negro National League's worst team, which has lost its best players. Hoping to tear him away from his beloved instrument, Papa drafts Reginald as the Dukes' bat boy, but soon discovers that his son is as clumsy with the bats as he is graceful with his bow. Yet when the boy plays his violin in the dugout, his music inspires the batters, and the Dukes miraculously make it to the playoffs.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998
ISBN: 9780613336697
Branch Call Number: E CUR
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill

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BSKing
Apr 22, 2013

The Bat Boy & His Violin is a great picture book. I would recommend it to both parents and teachers to read to their children or have it read to them. This book shows that is you persist through all adversities you could surpass and accomplish anything your heart desires. The child persistent in trying something new and when his father finally let him he flourishes at it! Not only does he become a great musician but a great helps the poor team. This teaches both children and parents that no matter the negative connotation that comes with certain things trust in your childs dream and help them live it, it could very well help you.

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jrmccowan
Feb 10, 2013

I think this is a great book for children to read. Every child goes through a stage in their lives where they want to take upon something new that their parents kind of do not approve of. The child is persistent in their doing until the parent has to accept their new talent whatever it may be. This book also encompasses both music, and baseball. Your child is sure to love this book. Remember the talent of your child may not be important to you now, but later it will probably win many games.

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BSKing
Apr 22, 2013

BSKing thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

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jrmccowan
Feb 10, 2013

jrmccowan thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 10

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BSKing
Apr 22, 2013

Reginald is very passionate about playing the violin but his father wants him to play baseball, even though they've lost every game they have played. But being a bat boy doesn't allow much time to practice the violin. Will Reginald's father accept his passion and let him play the violin in the stands?

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jrmccowan
Feb 10, 2013

A passion for a violin is something Reginald has, but his father doesn’t quite see eye to eye with his talent. His father would rather have a son that can help on his baseball team as a bat boy. The only problem is that his team has lost every game they have played. Reginald now the bat boy makes a very great impact on his father’s team with his violin. Will his father accept him now?

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BSKing
Apr 22, 2013

"I try to play louder than Papa's voice by sawing the music hard."

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jrmccowan
Feb 10, 2013

“Well, right now the Dukes could use a bat boy, and I think it’ll do Reginald some good to get out of the house.” “Don’t you remember I have a recital next month in the basement of the church?” “Each day, I like being the bat boy more than the last. Papa lets me play the violin as much as I want.”

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