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Lou Gehrig by David A. Adler
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Genre: Junior Book- Biography
Summary: This biographical picture book tells the story of Lou Gehrig’s life. Gehrig came from humble beginnings, but went on to become one of the best baseball players to live. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening illness that ultimately cut his baseball career short. The inspirational tale of “the luckiest man” encourages everyone to be grateful of each day we are given.
Critique- Historical Information
Lou Gehrig’s short life lasted from 1903- 1941, so naturally this is the time period the book is set in. There are many historical facts laced within the story. The best part is that it is such an interesting read that children would never notice that they were learning history while reading this book. It gives children a look into what was going on during this time period through a person that actually lived then, which makes it much more meaningful. The first page of the book sets the scene for the time period it will be in. It gives the reader a sense of what was going on at the time Gehrig was born. “Henry Ford sold his first automobile and the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight in an airplane.” It also talks about how his parents were living in New York, but were poor immigrants from Germany. There were many immigrants in New York struggling to make a living at this point in time. I also liked how the story said that he received a $1500.00 signing bonus with the Yankees. It is a great way to compare how the value of money has changed over the years, because baseball players today receive signing bonuses in the millions and hundred thousands.
Curriculum Connection: The book could be read as an extension of social studies, if this time period is being studied. It could even be used around Thanksgiving time to teach children to be thankful for the blessings they have in their lives. Students could write lists of all the things they are grateful for. It could be used as a character education tool, because Gehrig was known for being devoted to whatever he set his mind to. Students could learn what the word humble means, and relate it to how Gehrig was a humble man.
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