Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888
with but one inning more to play....
Since 1888 Casey at the Bat,has been read and loved by baseball fans around the world. Now Mighty Casey has been brought to life by celebrated illustrator C. F. Payne, who captures the old-fashioned fun of an afternoon at the ballpark for a brand-new g
Caldecott Honor (2001) the illustrations, graphic elements and layout draw a reader in; they are intentended to reproduce the feel of late 19th century news publications, even using only fonts available at that time. This is a rhyming ballad.
I did not find this particular topic or book engaging but thought that the illustrations and style were promising. I think a writer looking to re-create a time period piece or get a nice feel for the era might enjoy the book. The book is beautifull...more
Author: Christopher Bing
Summary: Baseball fans and teammates place their confidence in one batter to save the day.
A. The illustrations are critiqued
B. The classic tale is told through detailed black and white drawings. The illustrations on the front and back cover mimic an old style leather binder, and set the stage for the time period and atmosphere of the 1880's baseball era. The illustrations also set the stage for this story through the depiction of each...more
In this re-imagining, we get a new feel for the tale, one that emphasizes everything that’s at stake. Here, Casey isn’t some well-honed and trained professional but KC, a young ghetto boy, a potential star, with everything riding on this...more
One article is about a mayor who supports putting fences...more
I love baseball but I’ve never been particularly fond of this poem, which here is subtitled A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888.
In this edition, Polacco really makes this book her...more
This is a modern take on the classic poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer, set in a little league context. The main character, of course, is Mighty Casey. However, in this take he is a 12 year old boy who arrogantly skips warm-ups and practices, and shows up almost late to the baseball game, believing that he is so good that it won’t matter if he warms up or not. Of course, we all know how this story ends: Mighty Casey strikes out. In the end, Casey admits he made an enormous...more
Each February we have a big poetry unit in my classroom. One of the things we do is a Poetry Scavenger Hunt. We have at least 50 poetry books on display in the room and I begin the unit by book talking each book briefly. This takes me at least a week because I read a poem from each book. Then, the kids choose what appeals to them. They can read anythin...more
I celebrate this ritual annually with the traditional reading of this American classic! I love "Casey at the Bat".
Reading of the Mudville nine puts a smile on my face. I read this with my students and my children each spring. The way things fell this year, we waited until after the season began. But it meshed well with our classroom poetry exploration....more
Even though I'm not a baseball fan, I truly enjoyed this book. I think, in a sense, everyone loves rooting for the underdog! I also love the words and the poetr...more
Awards: Caldecott Honor
Grade Level: 3-4
This poem will introduce the students to the elements of a narrative poem. This is a famous poem about a batter whose over-confidence contributes to his team losing the game. I would hand out a copy of the poem to each student. We then would go around the room taking turns reading parts of the poem until we are finished. As a follow up activity I would ask the students to think of some questions they might want to ask Casey after the game. I wo...more