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Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream

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The spirited story of Marcenia Lyle, the African American girl who grew up to become ?Toni Stone, ? the first woman to play for a professional baseball team.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Lee & Low Books
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Mar 29, 2008 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with children aged 6-10
I learned that a ten-year-old black girl in 1931 had no chance of realizing her dream to become a professional baseball player in America unless something rather miraculous happen. In Catching The Moon, The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream, Marcenia Lyle receives her first pair of baseball shoes from Gabby Street who was manager of the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals at the time. That gift set Marcenia on a path to be the first woman of any race to join an all male professional ba ...more
Mary Ann
Readers will cheer for Marcenia as she tears around the bases, dazzling the St. Louis Cardinals manager Gabby Street and convincing him that she should be able to join his summer baseball camp. As a young girl, Marcenia defied the narrow expectations for young women of the time, growing up to join the professional Negro league.
Feb 12, 2016 KayleighZ rated it really liked it
this book blew me away,once i started reading,i couldn't stop!
Oct 16, 2015 Bianca rated it really liked it
This book written by Crystal Hubbard and illustrated by Randy DeBurke is a story about A young girl named Marcenia. All she wants to do is to play baseball. Its set in the 1930's so its not common for girls to be playing baseball. Marcenia had to over come the objections from her family friends and even coaches to play baseball. She was just as good as the boys her age; One day a coach came to her area seeing if the boys wanted to join his summer camp. Marcenia gave it her all and the coach said ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream, written by Crystal Hubbard, is read aloud by Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell. The book is about Marcenia Lyle having a dream to become a professional baseball player in the 1930s. Marcenia had to overcome the negative opinions of her family, friends, and coaches. Catching the Moon, teaches kids to not give up on their dreams despite what anyone else thinks. The outcome of the story is very surprising and shows how determination can ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Hilda rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
We saw the version in my second grade classroom today. You can find it here: Catching The Moon

I really enjoyed it and loved the story responses my students gave me. The (funny to me, tragic to them) stories of second grade injustices made my day. A lot of them feel discriminated because they are so small other older kids won't let them play basketball. I loved how my students connected with Marcenia (the MC) even though the struggles were different. They were really angry at
Mar 04, 2008 sarafem rated it liked it
A story about a young girl back in the girls-can't-play-sports old days who loved baseball. Great story yes, but god let's keep beating the poor dead horse, shall we? I wouldn't mind telling you this is a great book and that you should read it if it were sitting right in front of me, but it's not really that much different than the other 10,000 stories about little girls who want to play sports and the boys won't let them. It doesn't stand out in the uh, field.
Marcenia is a young girl who loves baseball. The boys tease her about playing and her father wants Marcenia to be more of a girl. Marcenia is denied to be in attendance to the baseball camp. Marcenia is upset not being able to attend the camp but in the upcoming game she really impressed that camp instructor. Marcenia was able to go the baseball camp but her father still would not let her attend the camp. Marcenia and everyone knew that she was a great baseball player but she was doubted by many ...more
Oct 20, 2010 Lois rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Loved the book. Agreed with my daughter's assessment, and bought it to send to my granddaughter who has recently discovered that although she's smaller and more fragile looking than her teammates, she can get in there and scrap for that soccer ball with the best of them! Go after what you want! Dreams count.
This picture book is about Marcenia Lyle, a girl who loves baseball more than anything. We learn in the afterword that Marcenia was signed to the Negro League Indianapolis Clowns in 1953, making her the first female member of an all-male professional baseball team, but this story doesn't get into Marcenia's adult life. It focuses on one spring when Marcenia dreams of being accepted to a summer baseball day camp run by the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. That means not only showing off her sk ...more
Traci Bold
Apr 27, 2015 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!! What an inspiring story for girls!!!! Marcenia Lyle was as tenacious as they come. She fought hard and worked diligently and passionately to play baseball professionally which was her dream. A fatnastically told true story.

Every girl in the world will be inspired by her journey.

I loved this book and really believe this would be a fantastic @Disney movie.

Kevin Costner, help make it happen and @modernwest should do the music for it.

Crystal Hubbard, this book is phenomenal. Randy DuBurke, t
This is a terrific book about persistence, about working toward a goal no matter what others think of it. They may not think you are good enough, or you can't do it because you are a girl, but this girl did not give up. She continued playing baseball and striving toward her dream until she achieved it. It also talks about her financial situation, her family didn't have much and her dad didn't want her playing baseball. This reminds me of when we immigrated to America and didn't have much and I s ...more
Samantha Guerra
Oct 19, 2015 Samantha Guerra rated it it was amazing this book "Catching the Moon" was based on a true story it was a great inspiring book. I like how it was read by two people Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell, Jillian Estell did a good job when she was reading Marcenia part. I like how the pictures felt like they were in action. e-books are good technology to use to help young reader to be more engage. Also maybe for English Learners can use e-books and learn new words for any age. This book is inspiring to all ages because it ...more
Kaylee Bostick
Marcenia is an African American child who loves to play baseball. She dreams of becoming a professional baseball player when she grows up. Her mother knows that she will never become a baseball player and will become "what everyone else will be in this neighborhood." The manager for the St. Louis Cardinals comes to watch the kids play baseball because he is having a baseball camp. She is not asked to join the camp because he does not take in girls. This is an inspiring story that might be used i ...more
Sam Grace
I only got the book out of the library because of my commitment to finding stories about historical women (especially women of color), but I'll be honest, the long title and the topic got me thinking it would be dry. When I flipped through it before checking it out, and saw the number of words per page and the smallish font, I resigned myself to it. I mean, regardless, how could I pass up the story of the first woman to play in the professional men's baseball leagues? (She replaced Hank Aaron wh ...more
A picture book bio about Marcenia Lyle, an African American girl who grew up to be the first female member of an all-male professional baseball team. She faced a lot of opposition in pursuit of her dreams, but she remained solid in her love of the game. In this snapshot of her life, Marcenia works hard to be accepted into Mr. Gabby Street's baseball day camp, and get her father on board.

Pen and ink and acrylic artwork. Grades 2-4+.
Demi Sienna
Oct 15, 2014 Demi Sienna rated it really liked it
This a beautiful empowering story about how a young girl with dreams of playing Baseball gets to do that because she believed in herself. She never gave up and kept trying until she became the first African American female to play Professional Baseball. This story is family-oriented and it is historical as well. I find this story to be age-appropriate and multicultural. This book definitely relates to African. -American culture.
May 07, 2015 Colette rated it it was amazing
Great book for teaching perseverance, but also a wonderful story in picture book form about a real African-American girl who just wanted to play baseball when girls could only become things like maids. A must read for every elementary student to help them understand to never give up on a goal.
Aug 23, 2015 Quyen rated it it was amazing
This book is great for teaching girls how life can go their way if they work hard. It was also a great lesson in doing what you love regardless of the end result. It moved me very much. For those of you with sons, I think this is great for boys too.
Emily Bayci
Apr 13, 2015 Emily Bayci rated it really liked it
A picture book biography about an African American girl who grew up to be the first female member of an all-male professional baseball team.

This is a good read about an underrepresented topic . Recommended for 1-3 Gr.
Morgan Groth
Feb 06, 2015 Morgan Groth rated it really liked it
This is a great book to help get rid of those stereotypes. It teaches girls that they can do anything they want and it teaches boys that sometimes, girls can be better at something than them. This would be a good book for any age and grade.
Alexandria Hiam
Great story of determination, passion and perseverance. Marcenia Lyle becomes the first woman to play for an all-male professional baseball team.
Great story of determination, passion and perseverance. Marcenia Lyle becomes the first woman to play for an all-male professional baseball team.
Apr 10, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
This book is based on the childhood dream of Marcenia Lyle to be a professional baseball player even though she was a girl. She worked hard and played each day with the boys after school. One day the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals came to scout kids for his baseball camp. She tried very hard to impress him, but found out that he doesn't take girls. She worked and refused to give up. She eventually had to prove to him and her parents that she was great and not going to give up even though the ...more
Brenda Cregor
Oct 24, 2015 Brenda Cregor rated it liked it
This is one of those "you can do anything you want sort of books".

Feb 10, 2016 Jamela rated it it was amazing
I love her to desgin to chieve her dream.
Lauren White
May 01, 2015 Lauren White rated it it was amazing
good for grades 2-5
Sanndy Vargas
Jun 16, 2015 Sanndy Vargas rated it it was amazing
Feb 28, 2013 Jessamine rated it really liked it
A very descriptive book with beautiful language about the struggle of the main character, Marcenia, in accomplishing her dream of becoming a professional baseball player. This book can be used in the classroom to illustrate figurative language (similes, metaphors) or sensory details as the author does a wonderful job of incorporating these elements into her writing. It also has an inspiring moral, that you can do anything you set your mind to if you don't give up.
May 25, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it
I didn't realize that there was a female player in the Negro Leagues. What a truly interesting piece of history. Of course, the fact that she replaced Hank Aaron when he made the jump to Major League Baseball is another fascinating anecdote and the fact that she prevented the great Satchel Paige from getting a no-hitter is just as interesting a story. This is was a lot of fun and reflected on the gender barriers that still exist in sports today.
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