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Mama Played Baseball

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Amy's dad is away, fighting in World War II, and her mama must take a job. But it's no ordinary job--Amy's mother becomes a baseball player in the first professional women's league! Amy cheers louder than anyone at all of the home games. And while Mama's team travels, Amy works on a secret project--a surprise for her dad when he is finally back home.
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 12, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
While Amy's father is fighting overseas during WWII, her mother must find a job. At first, Amy is confused at her mother's intention to try out for the first professional women's baseball league since baseball is a game, not a sport. But she changes her mind when she watches how hard her mother practices and plays the game after a successful try-out. Amy also has her secrets and has a surprise for her father when he returns home from the war.

This is a great book to add to a baseball, civil righ
May 28, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful story about a family during WWII who endure the hardship of a father who is sent away to war and a mother who needs to get a job to support her family. The mom earns a spot on one of the teams in the All American Girls' Professional Baseball League. The story is heartwarming and shows that women were terrific professional ballplayers. The illustrations are appropriate for the time period and have a sepia-toned tint in many of the pictures, giving them a nostalgic, old-fashion ...more
In 1943 the All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was formed from the wives of many of the soldiers during the second world war for the enjoyment of the people at home while Major League Baseball was put on hold. David A. Adler illustrates this event in his picture book of historical fiction.

Told from the point of view of one of a daughter of one of the female players, the plot begins with a game of catch in the front yard between a mother and a daughter. Richly illustrated and delica
Mar 02, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
During WWII, a girl's father is sent to fight and her mother gets an unusual job: she plays on a women's baseball team. We follow the family from practicing for the try-outs, to watching the mom in a game, to the father's homecoming. Strong graphic oil paintings underscore the mother's athleticism and inner strength to get through this hard time. Historical fiction.
Libby In Libraryland
When Dad went off to fight in the war, Mama had to get a job, and smart Mama chose something she truly loved - she practiced with her daughter and earned a position on a baseball team. What sort of job is that?

This beautiful example of historical fiction carried me emotionally through the experience of a single mom working at something she loved. I really enjoyed the coherence of the family unit, and the details about how families welcomed vets home were relatable and relevant.
Feb 17, 2017 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Good for older children. Would be best to accompany a lesson on WW2 or baseball history. If age appropriate - watch movie: A League of Their Own.
Dec 24, 2016 Alexandria rated it really liked it
This is a cute book about American culture during and right after WWII, during which women became baseball players because most men had shipped off overseas.
Nov 29, 2013 Joshua rated it it was ok
In “Mama Played Baseball” by David A. Adler. Amy’s father is away, serving in World War II, and her mama must take a job. But it’s no ordinary job. Amy’s mama becomes a baseball player in the first professional women’s league! Amy loves to help her mother practice, and she cheers louder than anyone at the home games. And while Mama’s team travels, Amy works on a secret project a surprise she’ll give to her dad when he is finally back home. Mama Played Baseball is a compelling story about a turni ...more
Amanda Blackwell
Oct 08, 2015 Amanda Blackwell rated it it was amazing
This is a historical fiction book about women playing baseball while men were fighting in WWII. The little girl helps her mom practice for tryouts. When her mom makes the team she gets to go to a lot of her mom’s games. Her mother keeps playing while they are waiting for her dad to come home from war.

This story is written about the historical women’s baseball league that was present during World War II. The illustrations go along with the text and capture the excitement and other emotions of the
Ruth Ruiz
May 23, 2014 Ruth Ruiz rated it really liked it
Shelves: ele-495a
This story tells about the first All American Women's League in 1943. The story focuses on a young girl named Amy and her mother during World War II when the men were off at war. Women were responsible for providing for the family in the mean time. Amy's mother decides she wants to try out for the women's baseball team in which she will get paid for her participation and be allowed to travel with her team. Amy practices everyday with her mother until the day of tryouts. Her mother does well in c ...more
Mama Played Baseball is about a young girl, Amy, who 19s father has gone off to war and her mother must now find a job. Amy helps her mother practice baseball, goes to her tryouts and her games once she makes the team. But one day her mother has a surprise for Amy...

David Adler does a wonderful job of writing in children 19s language. It is simple and understandable, but the readers gets a true sense of Amy 19s nervousness at her Mama 19s tryouts, and how excited she is during her games. Each pa
Anne-thomas Donnelly
Apr 23, 2014 Anne-thomas Donnelly rated it really liked it
Mama Played Baseball by David A. Adler is a story about a little girl, Amy, who's mother played baseball. The story was set during the World War II, her father was off at war and her mama knew she needed to get a job while he was away. Mama told Amy her job was to play baseball. Amy found baseball to be a strange job, but she loved practicing with mama and going to watch her play! This would be a great story to read to your classroom if you are talking about World War II and all the many jobs wo ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Shelli rated it really liked it
This was a sweet read for elementary kids learning about one of the many jobs women took during World War II: baseball player. This favorite national pastime offered a break from the harsh realities of war not only for the American people, but also games were played at army training camps, military hospitals, and to advertise for the selling of war bonds. The illustrations were lovely, done with a light brown tint that gave the pictures an old time feel. I also appreciated the additional informa ...more
Elizabeth Walker
Oct 30, 2014 Elizabeth Walker rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-261
Mama Played Baseball is about a little girl's mom who tries out to play baseball. Her mother is trying out for baseball because all the men are away and fighting in World War II. The story goes on to describe the mother's experiences. The theme of this book is that hard work pays off. The genre of this book is historical fiction. I rated this book a four because I love the "League of their Own" story and any type of baseball book. I always find them enjoyable. This is a quick easy read for first ...more
Bobbi Jo
Feb 20, 2016 Bobbi Jo rated it it was amazing
Mama Played Baseball
Rate: 5
I loved this book! It told a story of a little girl and her mama playing baseball and how the mom needed to get a job because the dad was away from home in the war. It was such a good story of woman empowerment and how life was during the war. Then they just pulled it all together at the end when the father came home. The illustrations were different they were not life like but they gave a great perception that they were. Something I would defiantly read to my kids in
Amanda Andrews
Apr 05, 2011 Amanda Andrews rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-studies
This book is about a girl's mom who plays on a baseball team during WWII, as many men were going off to the war. This is a great book to use when teaching about WWII. Many women during this time took over things men did and it is something that is often overlooked when teaching about the war. It was especially good for girls to see, like the girl in the books who's mom played on a team.
Mar 02, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
How exciting it would be to play on one of the first all women traveling baseball teams. The 1940's was a time when women began to set out of their normal roles and venture out to new adventures. This would be a great book to read with the students and discuss how the roles of women have changed over the years.
This book is about a girl's mom who plays on a baseball team during WWII, as her father is shipped off to war. This is a great book to use when teaching about WWII. Many women during this time took over things men did and it is something that is often overlooked when teaching about the war.
This is a true story of a player on the first professional women's baseball team. It is told from the daughter's perspective, who is her biggest fan! She takes pride in both her parent's accomplishments during WWII. Great to use to help with ideas and teach point of view for writing.
Jun 05, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
A little girl's father is at war in 1943. Her mother joins a women's baseball league to help support the family. Good for a sports storytime, as it features women in sports, even if that woman is wearing a rediculously short skirt.

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Elizabeth S
Feb 04, 2009 Elizabeth S rated it liked it
Shelves: f-picture
A nicely done, clear story about a mother playing for the women's baseball league during WWII while the dad was in the army. I liked seeing the dad in his uniform and the mother in her uniform, nicely balanced.
Raven Grider
Apr 10, 2011 Raven Grider rated it really liked it
This is an excellent story! The illustrations are vivid and engulfing. This would be a great book to read when teaching about WWII, true stories, and strong women roles. Overall, this is a great book that would be very easy to tie into Social Studies.
This is a great book to teach during a WW2 unit. I had no idea that there was a Women's Baseball League. It was interesting to learn about a role women played during the war. It is also empowering to women and has a happy ending which I think is important for a lower elementary student.
May 14, 2014 Stacy added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Historical Fiction

Lesson Ideas:
What other nontraditional jobs did woman take on during WWII?
Research female professional baseball in WWII?
Read nonfiction on female pro athletes today. Compare and contrast.
Mar 20, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Daddy is sent away to fight in the War and Mama needs a job, so she plays on a baseball team for her job. Great introduction to the All-Girls Professional Baseball League.
Jun 03, 2013 Tracy rated it it was amazing
This is one that could be used as an example of historical fiction, in picture books. It is well written and nicely illustrated.
Brittany Schaefer
This book kind of reminded me of the movie "A League of Their Own" while the man are at war, they wanted to form a women's league of baseball.
Stephanie Smoot
Apr 22, 2010 Stephanie Smoot rated it it was amazing
A cute book that teaches the history of women's professional baseball during the war.
Apr 24, 2009 Ta'Mera added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a story about the women baseball league during WWII. I really liked this book and think that both boys and girls would like it also.
Fictionalized account of one woman's experience in the women's baseball league. Personally, I prefer Shana Corey's PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS for coverage of the same topic.
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Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then- ...more
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