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Shoeless Joe and Black Betsy

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Some say Shoeless Joe Jackson was the greatest hitter ever. But Shoeless Joe had a partner: his bat, Black Betsy. And if not for the faithful Black Betsy, Joe might never even have made it to the major leagues.
This is the story of two great partners in baseball history -- Shoeless Joe Jackson and his bat, Black Betsy.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Amnah
Mar 22, 2016 Amnah rated it really liked it
This is the story about Shoeless Joe Jackson and his bat, Black Betsy. Both of them are great in baseball history -- Shoeless Joe and Black Betsy story by Phil Bildner and illustrated by C. F Payne. Jackson struggles in his life many times before he becomes one of the greatest hitters in major league baseball. His nickname was shoeless because he was playing a game wearing socks, not shoes. The story can support and help inspire students to follow their dreams and do not give up easily.

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Rosa Cline
5 star

This was a very interesting child's book to read and introduce children (or adult's) to the famous ball player Shoeless Joe. As I was reading it I was thinking that they put in things to make it interesting for children to keep their attention. BUT after the story is over in the back is three pages written about the 'true' Shoeless Joe and the children's story is just a small summary about the true man. Very little of it was made up. So that makes it that much more great. The text is inter
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Rosa Cline
This was a very interesting child's book to read and introduce children (or adult's) to the famous ball player Shoeless Joe. As I was reading it I was thinking that they put in things to make it interesting for children to keep their attention. BUT after the story is over in the back is three pages written about the 'true' Shoeless Joe and the children's story is just a small summary about the true man. Very little of it was made up. So that makes it that much more great. The text is interesting ...more
AGastolek
Mar 09, 2011 AGastolek rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
This is a story of “Shoeless Joe” – Joseph Jefferson Jackson, one of the greatest hitters in major league baseball. Before he became famous, Joe went through a terrible hitting slump. Then, with the help of his old friend, the bat smith Charlie Ferguson, Joe was able to regain his aim and hitting. He followed his friend’s advises on how to take care of his handmade bat - Black Betsy. The book is written by Phil Bildner, a writer and a New York City public school teacher. It is beautifully comple ...more
Madison Brown
Apr 02, 2015 Madison Brown rated it it was amazing
This is a good biography to read to children. The story is about a guy becoming a baseball player and how important his bat is too him. I think most of the boys in a classroom would like this book, but maybe even some girls. It would be a good book for children into baseball to read. I would definitely read this to my students.
Lindsey
Shoeless Joe was a baseball player back in the early 1900s who was nicknamed Shoeless Joe for playing shoeless in a game after his feet were sore from wearing a new pair of cleets. He was extremely particular about the bats he used and would switch his bat every time he went into a slump. In this book, he goes to a man named Ol' Charlie who makes him different bats in order to get him out of his slumps. This book was a great read for me because I really enjoy watching baseball so I enjoyed learn ...more
Judy Ekblad
May 21, 2016 Judy Ekblad rated it really liked it
I had forgotten that Shoeless Joe is from the Field of Dreams movie. Want to watch it again.
John Yelverton
May 30, 2014 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
It was a bit wordy for a children's book, but it was still a fun and educational book to read.
Lesley Burnap
Jul 16, 2015 Lesley Burnap rated it really liked it
Love the rhythm of this book-begs to be read aloud!
Chelsea Kimmey
Jan 30, 2014 Chelsea Kimmey rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, sports
This text would favor boys who love baseball. It teaches the value of never giving up and to keep trying.
Christine
Aug 17, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
This story is part biography and part fiction. It’s an okay story, but I found the colloquial dialect of South Carolina to be stilted and distracting. The dialect, coupled with a few odd stories (did Jackson really sleep with his bat?), cause the reader to walk away with the impression that Shoeless Joe was somewhat of an idiot. He was, in real life, uneducated and illiterate – but that doesn’t make him an idiot. The Afterword of the book provides an accurate biography of Shoeless Joe, and the f ...more
Kelsey Nauert
Sep 21, 2011 Kelsey Nauert rated it it was amazing
This book was about "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and how his baseball career came to be, After a rollercoaster ride between the majors and minors, Shoeless Joe finally gets his bat just right and hits better than ever. This book was very well written and the illustrations were very different but good. The story is a true one, which can help inspire students to follow their dreams and to invest in things emotionally too.
Victoria Kilcrease
Dec 13, 2013 Victoria Kilcrease rated it it was amazing
This picture book is entitles Shoeless Joe and Black Betsy and is by Phil Bildner. It is a historical fiction which seems to be geared toward older children and can be used in different ways with grades 3-6. It takes the reader on a journey with "Shoeless" Joe Jackson as he goes on the hunt to find the right bat. This book could be used for a writing activity and to teach new vocabulary.
Paul  Hankins
A non-fiction based story of Shoeless Joe and his peculiar relationships with his bats, particularly one special bat nicknamed,"Black Betsy."

The repetition of the advise given to Shoeless Joe by the bat maker invites a rhythmic, predictable progression that invites read-aloud.

Guy readers will love that Bildner includes stats in the back of the book!
Mari
Mar 07, 2015 Mari rated it really liked it
Shoeless Joe, an amezing player. This book teachers young reader about overcoming predujice and superstitions. Joe finally understood he was a good player and that the bat was only an instrument to play. Often time, kids need to now they are great players, students and they need to find someone to remind them.
Liz
May 19, 2013 Liz rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Another baseball story I found interesting to learn about. Black Betsy was his favorite bat, and he was very picky about his bats! More about "Shoeless Joe" in the back matter--a great player who was involved in the famous Black Sox scandal, though little evidence of his involvement was ever proved.
Jessie
A fictionalized story of Shoeless Joe Jackson's superstitions over his black baseball bat. The story wasn't great, but the images were well-done and makes for a great addition for a collection of books about baseball.
Theresa
Jul 26, 2011 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
beautiful pictures, a teacher read book that teaches kids about trying again and again to accomplish a goal.
Allison
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Dakota Mcintosh
This is just a fantastic book for children to learn about one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
Deanna
Jun 07, 2011 Deanna rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, especially after reading Shoeless Joe and Me by Dan Gutman.
Alicia
Mar 27, 2012 Alicia rated it it was ok
I kept waiting for more to happen, but it didn't.
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Phil Bildner, 41, grew up in the New York City suburb of Jericho, Long Island. He attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received his undergraduate degree in political science. Phil then attended the New York University School of Law (J.D. ’90) and was admitted to the bar in both New York and New Jersey.

Phil went to work for a large Manhattan law firm; however, afte
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