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Casey at the Bat

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,920 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
Visions in Poetry is an exciting and unique series of classic poems illustrated by outstanding contemporary artists in stunning hardcover editions. Casey at the Bat, the fourth book in the series, is more than a poem about a proud and mighty slugger who strikes out during the big game. It is a slice of baseball lore, as much a part of the game as hot dogs and the seventh-i ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by KCP Poetry (first published June 3rd 1888)
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If you love and appreciate baseball not only as a sport, but also as poetry in motion and a metaphor for the American experience, then this is a book that you simply must have. Formatted as clippings from an old-time newspaper contained within a scrapbook with other mementos, it never once steps out of character - front and back dust-cover blurbs, thanks and acknowledgements, editor's notes, dedication, all the way down to publisher's information, ISBN and Library of Congress data all maintain t ...more
Morgan Monty
Dec 11, 2015 Morgan Monty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: I thought that this poem was good. I however, sometimes couldnt keep the story line straight. I liked it however because it involved a lot of suspicion and I also like baseball/softball. It had a lot of relation to his team and also to baseball in general.

Plot Summary: This poem was mainly about a tight baseball game. The best batter on the team was most likely not going to be able to get up to bat. However, he does and his teammates get him there. The other team is leading th
Ch_beth Rice
Mar 14, 2010 Ch_beth Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
The original poem “Casey at the Bat” written by Ernest L. Thayer was first published in the San Francisco Examiner in June of 1888. It tells of the how the much revered Casey struck out in the crucial moments of a baseball game. In this Caldecott Honor version by Christopher Bing, the poem is enhanced by the old fashioned scrapbook motif. It is complete with the torn and yellowed edges of newspaper clippings that relate to various baseball stories of the era as well as equipment sales. Bing incl ...more
❂ Jennifer
Magnificent presentation of an American classic. I'm an ardent lover of baseball and I've always loved this poem and I was awed by the care and detail the illustrators, editors and publisher put into this edition. Brilliant.
Ashton McWhirter
Casey at the Bat is a realistic picture book, and is written as a poem. It was awarded the Caldecott Honor for its illustrations.

Casey is the best batter on his team, and everyone knows it! His team may be down by two, but everyone is clinging to the hope that once Casey is at the bat, there's no way they'll lose! Casey finally gets his chance to swing, but he might have been a little too cocky about his abilities...

My only critique for this book is that the vocabulary gets a little wordy. I fo
Jeffrey Hanson
Nov 10, 2016 Jeffrey Hanson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Casey at the Bat is on my favorites because this beautiful poem summed up my love for baseball all in one book. Casey at the Bat is ballad about a close baseball game where all the fans are waiting for Casey to bat. The book is filled with great pictures that keep the readers attention.

This is a fun book to read to elementary aged students for story time. But I also think that this could be used for intermediate level kids as well to introduce poem writing and give them an example of a ballad.
Rachel Cartaya
Sep 10, 2016 Rachel Cartaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Casey at the bat is realistic fiction picture book. The book is a poem rather than a story. This book won the Caldecott Honor award for its realistic illustrations and newspaper clippings.

The poem begins with a baseball team that was down two points in the last inning of a game. The team put several players up to bat, and advanced just far enough to put Casey up to bat. As Casey watches the pitcher, there is an ease about him. He knows that he is going to hit a home run, but the first ball that
Primer Press
This review is written from the perspective of an educator who teaches adult literacy. "Casey at the Bat" is a picture book version of Ernest Thayer's baseball poem from 1888. Because it is from 1888 it contains fairly dense and flowery language. This offers many applications for adult learners with high comprehension because the vocabulary is more advanced that the typical picture book (really it is more of an artistic presentation of the poem). The book contains newspaper clipping which give a ...more
Courtney Nations
Genre: Poetry

Format: Picture book

Awards received: Caldecott Honor Book

Summary: When the outlook for the Mudville nine is looking grim, many fans lose hope. However, a few hold true, thinking that if Casey could get to bat the game could be saved. When not one, but two players get an at bat, the crowed goes wild, for now Casey was advancing to the bat. As fans wait patiently for Casey to whack the cover off the ball, he allows two strikes to pass him. As he stands there ready to make a statement,
This classic poem is enriched by the old-fashioned black-and-sepia drawings and the additions of faux newspaper clippings that artfully surround the poem as it progresses. The pictures set the story firmly within its 19th-century origins with drawings of $0.20 tickets for the fictional baseball game and illustrations of faux advertisements for everything from neckties, soap to baseball gloves.

It is a genial tale, even with its glum conclusion, and this particular rendering captures all the spar
Mickey Malmgren
Oct 07, 2015 Mickey Malmgren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Casey at the Bat is as classic as it gets. Ernest L Thayer's poem captures the spirit of 1880s era America through one of the greatest traditions our country has called its own: baseball. Christopher Bing's artwork combines with Thayer's original poem in this Caldecott Honor edition to create an experience of historical realism full of nostalgia and emotion. As the subtitle (A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888) suggests, Thayer's text was completed in 1888, over a hundred years ago. T ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Mandee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on the original poem “Casey at the Bat” written by Ernest L. Thayer. It was first published in the San Francisco Examiner in June of 1888. It tells of the how the much revered Casey struck out in the crucial moments of a baseball game. It is a ballad. The text is the simple, classic baseball poem penned by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.

Though younger children may enjoy having it read to them and looking at the pictures, this book is most effective with those who can read and appreci
Daniel Franklin
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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
Nov 29, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Casey at The Bat
Author: Christopher Bing

Genre: Folklore

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
Deena Lernor
Sep 12, 2014 Deena Lernor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story for the love of baseball. Casey the magnificent baseball player and his team were down at the end of the inning. The team had two others in front of Casey before he was even close to being up to bat. But with a surprise, his teammates had made amazing at the plate plays giving Casey the chance to bat. The momentum built with the crowd hooting and hollering with every pitch thrown. Every call that had been made followed with hackling at the umpires. With Casey’s potential last p ...more
Martiah Rall
Casey at the Bat is a children’s book based off of the poem by Earnest Lawrence Thayer and has a Walt Disney twist. In the story The Mighty Casey is a great baseball player on the Mudville Nine baseball team. Although, he knows he is good and is a ladies man when confronted by the crowd. After making it to the championship game he is faced by the challenge of being the only person who control whether or not they win the game. The whole team and crowd watches as Casey makes the final decision of ...more
Summary: Casey at the Bat is a baseball poem. It is about a baseball game, where one team is down in a town called Mudville. The fans pin all of their hopes on a player named Casey, who apparently has a good batting record and who they feel can save the game. But, two players are up before him, who they don't have hope in. To everyone's surprise, the two players before Casey get on base, on 2nd and 3rd, so there is hope of winning when Casey steps up. he poem ends with Thayer have set up all of ...more
Mary Ward
Mar 04, 2012 Mary Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 26, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Casey at the bat is a book that is about a baseball game and a player named Casey. The game is one that is close in Mudville and finally Casey got the bat and everyone believed that he would be the one to make the game a winning one, but when Casey finally gets up to bat, it's to everyone's amazement that he strikes out.
Personal Response: I think this book is a good book for children who like baseball or who might like reading a newspaper becaue each page looks like a newspaper article
Dec 03, 2011 Colby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Casey at the Bat is a book by Ernest Lawrence Thaver and illustrated by Christopher Bing. It is about the last inning of a baseball game, and how the Mudville nine team is down in the game, but they have hope that they might win if the star player, Casey, is able to come to bat. Their hope is in Casey as he comes to bat with the bases loaded. The first pitch is thrown and a strike is called, the second pitch is called and another strike is called; the town is in uproar for the umpire calling str ...more
Lisa Vegan
I read this only because Patricia Polacco illustrated it and also wrote additional text, the story portion to make it be about Little League. I’ve recently been reading my way through all of her books,; all the others she illustrates and writes in their entirety. That’s the only reason that I read this book.

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
Aug 26, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
With all the versions of this ballad by different illustrators, it can get a bit confusing. Gerald Fitzgerald's rendition in acrylic is very pleasing. This soft style gives a feel of looking back in time through an autumn haze to this one baseball game. The ballplayers are everyday guys, the crowd seems to be at a rural stadium, and his capture of the action and perspective of field play is skillful. Casey towers a little bigger, but his hatless trudge back to the dugout after his world-famous s ...more
Ron Kaplan
Many of the contributors for Smith's collection doubtlessly can quote verbatim the timeless poem, CASEY AT THE BAT. Since its debut over 100 years ago, dozens of versions have been published, either continuations of the legend of Casey ("Casey's Daughter," "Casey's Revenge"), or parodies following the same fashion and general meter.[return][return]One of the most renown artists of our generation, LeRoy Neiman, has lent his unique style to illustrate the words of Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Joe Torre ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not one to pick up poetry often. I am also not a huge sports fan, especially baseball. I will be the first to admit it but this poem was actually quite good. The illustrations were astonishingly good too for a poetry book. Ken Bachaus brought life to the baseball game and I enjoyed the yellow and brown pastels pictures. They were very detailed and creative. I also enjoyed the story. I was fun and exciting and you wanted so badly for Casey to get a chance to bat. Casey up to the plate and he ...more
Kelly Risinger
Nice Cadence. Good read aloud
Thayer, Ernest Lawrence. Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888. New York: Scholastic, 2001. Print.
Summary: This is the classic tale of Casey at the Bat with wonderful illustrations. Surrounding the illustrations are newspaper articles from the late 1800 19s as well as messages to the reader that look like antique newspaper articles.
Ridiculously Simple Synopsis: Casey strikes out 26still.
Curriculum Connection: Spring sports.
Writing a poem like Casey at the Bat-poetry
Sep 15, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathy by: Purchased it for my child.
I pulled Casey at the Bat from the shelf while watching the Mariners vs. Orioles game this afternoon. (There was joy in Seattle-ville as the Mariners ended a four-game losing streak.) The illustrations in the book are of the 8th and 9th innings in the Mudville game and include photocopies of newspaper advertisements and articles about baseball from 1888, and photocopies of artifacts such as coins, tickets, and baseball cards from the time.

One article is about a mayor who supports putting fences
Sep 11, 2016 Cosette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved this.
A poem that was really popular at one time, this tale is a puzzler. It captures the feverish spirit of Americans and the love for the all-American game. And yet it is, ultimately, the story of a LOSER! Why, then, does it remain so popular among the poetic genre?

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
Mar 12, 2016 Relyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: no idea
Shelves: lawsonland, poetry
Any time you teach a poetry unit, you have got to cover ballads. I don't think there is a more accessible ballad than this one.

Lesson Connections
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
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