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The Babe I

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  191 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
It's 1932 and hard times are everywhere. But life isn't all bad. America still loves baseball, and Babe Ruth is the star of the game. And two boys are about to discover that with some creativity, hard work, and a little help from the Babe himself, they can do their part to help out their own team!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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The Book Maven
It’s not often I read a picture book that gives me goosebumps, but boy howdy, this was one of those times! The Babe and I, if you will pardon the pun, just hit the spot with me. Slightly abstracted illustrations accompany the text of this frankly, rather poignant picture book about a young boy whose birthday in 1932 falls in the midst of the Great Depression. He’s disappointed with his gift (a dime, and not a bicycle), but he knows his dad is lucky to have a job.

He and his friend Jacob go off on
Jun 04, 2012 A_Olga rated it it was ok
The Babe and I takes place during The Great Depression in American History. It is a heartfelt story about the hardships families faced during that time period and how they pulled together.
This picture book can be used in first through fourth grade. It is appropriate for teaching students about job loss, baseball, The Great Depression, and working hard. It can also be used to compare and contrast American history then and now. And of course, to learn about Babe Ruth!
The pictures are beautifully
Jul 01, 2017 Abby rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile, picture-books, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
An entitled kid is mad he only gets ten cents for his birthday during the Great Depression only to find out his father is essentially jobless and selling apples on the street. The kid quickly learns he should help out, so he joins his friend in selling newspapers. News of Babe Ruth's successes and falls helps newspaper sales and, when he's off from the game due to injury, Ruth purchases a paper from the kid which enables the kid and his friend to buy tickets to the baseball game.

The prose of thi
Jan 25, 2010 Teeny rated it really liked it
Summary: The Babe and I is a children’s book about a young boy, who is helping his family make ends meet during the Great Depression by selling newspapers. The boy was successful in selling the newspapers by stressing to the city’s people that the newpaper he was selling contained articles that focused on Babe Ruth, who was part of the 1932 Yankees and grew to become the greatest baseball player of all time. During one of his typical workdays, he sold a newspaper to Babe Ruth himself and spends ...more
Taylor Ray
Oct 20, 2014 Taylor Ray rated it it was amazing
Summary: This book was about a boy who realized that his dad didn’t have a very supportable or real job. One day when he was with his friend, he saw his dad selling apples on the street and no one was buying them. So he and his friend Jacob decided to sell newspapers. They shouted about Babe Ruth hitting a home run, being out of the game for 3 weeks, etc. People bought them and sure enough, one day Babe Ruth himself bought one. They had collected enough money to go to the game and see him play ...more
Courtney Dyer
The Babe and I is a nostalgic tale set during the Depression era in the Bronx of New York when everyone was poor. Jobs were scarce and money was hard to come by, but at least there was still baseball. In this book, Adler pitches us a heartwarming story about a boy who learns the importance of teamwork when he finds out that his father is secretly unemployed and becomes a newsie who sells papers at Yankee Stadium to help earn money for his family.

The illustrations were created by Terry Widener w
Lisa Carroll
Apr 12, 2011 Lisa Carroll rated it it was amazing
This book was a very pleasant surprise. I think it was intended to be a historical fiction book for younger children, but I feel it is most appropriate for children in grades 2nd-5th grade. This book touches on the issues that many families went through during the time of the Great Depression. This actually was a beautifully told story of hard work, family and resilience told through the eyes of a young boy. The story brought tears to my eyes. My son who is five didn't quite understand the Depre ...more
Kaleb Shively
Feb 28, 2012 Kaleb Shively rated it really liked it
This was a good book to use for children in grades two through four. It depicts what life was like during the "Great Depression" and how one family made it through this unruly time. The main character of this story helps out his family by selling newspapers in the Bronx. Instead of using the front page headlines he uses the sports section which features Babe Ruth. This attracts many people and they buy his newspapers. This little business helps bring his family some extra money in this time of n ...more
Josh Wagner
This book is great story that sheds light on the hardships many faced during the Great Depression, but still has a very positive message. The story is about a young boy during the depression, and several of his experiences. First, it is his birthday, and he receives a dime from his father, who he says is one of the lucky ones because he still has a job. Later, while outside playing with a friend, he buys 2 apples from an unemployed man selling them on the street with his dime. As they continue t ...more
Adriana Mendoza
A young boy discovers that his dad is jobless and is selling apples to help support the family. Knowing and keeping his Dad’s secret he decides to help out the family by becoming a “newsie”. The story is set during the time of the Great Depression. Luckily, the young boy’s friend Jacob knows that they can sell more papers in front of Yankee Stadium and they venture out every day and use the latest news of the Babe to sell papers. The boy’s good intentions are rewarded at the end of the story. Re ...more
Mar 02, 2011 Yael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written in the perspective of a little boy who realizes that his father had lost his job in the depression. The boy does what he can to help add money to the families money jar. Not only is it a nice story about responsibility, but it is a great book to help current students understand a little more about what the depression era was like in the United States. The illustrations take a slight cartoon view of an urban New York area, but all the while show historicl detail like older c ...more
Lana Hoffman
Nov 04, 2008 Lana Hoffman rated it it was amazing
"By helping his family make ends meat during the Great depression by selling newspapers, a boy meets Babe Ruth."

I really enjoyed this story about a boy who helped his family during a difficult time in history. The author did a wonderful job of explaining the living conditions of that time through the eyes of a young boy. The illustrations clearly showed the emotions of the characters and brought them to life. It also touched me when I saw all of the apple stands and how many people had lost thei
Sep 30, 2008 Cherina rated it liked it
Summary: A young boy finds out that his father is unemployed during the Great Depression. In order to help out, the boy begins to sell newspapers at Yankee Stadium by announcing Babe Ruth's headlines. One day, while he is selling papers, the boy sold a newspaper to the Babe himself for five dollars. The boy realizes that Babe Ruth and he are on a team to sell papers while the boy and his dad are on a team to support their family.

Uses: read-aloud in the primary grades, independent reading for ea
Oct 03, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
While helping his family make ends meet by selling newspapers during the Great Depression , a boy meets Babe Ruth.

Lower Grades K-3

Topic - Subtopic: Award Winners-Golden Kite Award/Honor Book; Award Winners-State Award; Award Winners-Smithsonian's Notable Book; Award Winners-ABA Kids' Pick of the Lists; Award Winners-Jefferson Cup Award/Honor; Community Life-Money; Family Life-Fathers; Family Life-Job Loss; Family Life-Money Crisis; Family Life-Sons; History-Depression Era America; Recommended Re
Adhali Frayre
Feb 01, 2016 Adhali Frayre rated it it was amazing
The Babel and I is such a great book both text and illustration wise. The book takes place during the great depression in America. Times were tough on families and finding good paying jobs was tougher. The young boy finds out his father sells apples on the streets for a living and decides to help out by selling newspapers with his friend Jacob. One day he sells a newspaper to the one and only Babe Ruth. The boy later realizes that him and his father needed each other to prosper. The theme of thi ...more
Jessica Minnoia
Mar 22, 2010 Jessica Minnoia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This is a historical picture book that takes place during the era of the Great Depression. A boy realizes his dad is out of typical work so he sells newspapers with a friend to help make ends meet. This is the time period in which Babe Ruth is excelling in baseball and by him doing well, it helps the boy sell more newspapers.
I would use this book as a read-aloud to a 2-5th grade class perhaps as an introduction to the time period of the Great Depression. This book is great because it encorpora
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Appropriate Grade Level: K-2

Summary: This story takes place in 1932 and shows the hard times that are going on in that time period. During this time America still loved baseball, and Babe Ruth was the man everyone looked up to. Two boys find out that with some creativity, hard work, and a little help from the Babe Ruth, they can do their part to help their own team.

Review: This book is very informational in a fun way. It teaches students that times were not always as easy as they ma
Amie Sergio
Nov 13, 2011 Amie Sergio rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!Children who love baseball, the Yankees, or Babe Ruth will definately enjoy this story. Story takes place during the Great Depression where jobs are to find and money is hard to come by. Two boys sell newspapers to help their families and call out headlines related to Babe Ruth. The boys do very well selling newspapers because people are interested in Babe Ruth and his success. One day the boys have a special customer that will make their day unforgettable. Colorful illustrations ...more
Michelle Marcano
This is a story about a boy and his family who live in Bronx New York during the great depression. This book depicts the hardships of the great depression and the families that lived through it. The boy decides he wants to help his family out so he starts selling newspapers outside the Yankee Stadium. During this time he meets Babe Ruth without even realizing it until after he'd walked away! This is a positive book about a negative time in our history. This is a great book for teaching about the ...more
Amanda Andrews
Apr 05, 2011 Amanda Andrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-studies
This is a story about a boy living during the Great Depression. He and his friend start selling news papers to help their families out. One day Babe Ruth buys a paper for much more than they are selling them for. The boys earn enough money to go to a game and watch him play! This book would be great to use when teaching about the Great Depression. It gives students an insight to what life could have been like for someone their age.
Brian Cave
This is one of the better picture books in which I have read. It has a couple of themes in which I think would be good for the classroom. It would give the students some insight about the great depression, and one of the most historical people in baseball history. It shows how younger children would sell the newspaper on the corner, and how baseball is an American pastime. A nice book in which it displays one of the most troubling times in American history.
May 30, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 2nd - 3rd graders
This story takes place during the great depression of 1932. It focuses on a young boy and how he secretly earns extra money to help out his family. One day he comes on a magnificent sale of one of the newspapers he is selling to a very famous baseball player.It is because of that player that he is able to make such great sales!!
I really liked this story.It's a feel good story at the end.
Feb 28, 2013 Eugene rated it really liked it
I think this book is a very great picture book. It's sort of sad that they are very poor and that the dad has to lie to his family that he has a job but he is just an apple seller. Once the main character knows that his father was lying, a did something, I can't tell you that,because It's a top secret.
This historical fiction picture book captures the spirit of the great depression, and how excitement over baseball could take one's mind off of more dire things, and how even children could help their families. The babe only makes a token appearence, much how many celebrities feature in our daily lives, more influencial in their absence.
This is a great book for teaching the Great Depression. I'm using it in my lesson plan on the Great Depression. Unfortunately, it's for Kindergarten so I'm "reading" the book based on the pictures so that they can understand it, but it's such a good book for this topic that I can't imagine doing it without this book.
Oct 06, 2012 Krista rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed-310
I like how this book portrays how life was during the Great Depression for some families. It has a nice message of helping out and working hard built within it also that i think is great. The illustrations are clear and colorful for readers to enjoy as they flip through the pages.
Feb 29, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
The Bronx during the Great Depression: a young boy learns to sell newspapers to help fill his family's money jar by shouting out headlines about Babe Ruth. Not just for baseball fans, this would be a good way to talk about historical fiction and how setting and plot are linked.
What a cool way to give some historical perspective to children who would otherwise have a difficult time identifying with the time and the place for this book. It was a powerfully done story and I really enjoyed it.
Charming story about one young boy during the Depression as he struggles to reconcile how his father hides losing his job. Told against the backdrop of a baseball loving era. I loved the illustrations, which on some pages had a Hopper-esque feel to them.
Danielle Strickland
This is a book about a little boy who lived during the Great Depression. His dad secretly sold apples for money. So he started selling papers to help his family. Along the way, he sold a paper to Babe Ruth.
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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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