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
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
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
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
Evaluation: I think this poem is really amusing in the dashed hopes of the people. They only had faith in one player (essentially putting all their eggs in one basket), and because of that they lose and are disappointed. I love how Bing illustrated this like a newspaper, complete with complemen...more
Recommended for students in grades 3 - 5, this is a good way to incorporate a close reading of the text...more
It is a short story about a baseball game, written as a poem. I loved this story because they end was not what you expected it to be, and it even builds anticipation as it goes on! Not to mentioned I loved the art work in this book, the drawings are beautiful! It looks kind of looks like your reading a newspaper from the 1800's.
When I rediscovered...more
One article is about a mayor who supports putting fences...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
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
Grade Level: All
This version of the popular poem has spectacular illustrations to go along with the story. I have always loved this poem and loved sharing it with my group because it has so much meaning for those of us who love baseball. Since I am a Cubs fan, I feel I can really relate to the feeling of the fans when their favorite player and the one who is most likely to succeed actually strikes out!