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

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The true story of Marcenia Lyle, an African American girl who grew up to become "Toni Stone," the first woman to play for a professional baseball team.

One day in the 1930s, Marcenia and the boys she plays ball with learn that Gabby Street, a famous baseball manager, is scouting children for a baseball summer camp sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals. Eager to earn a spot,
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Lee & Low Books
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Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Per my second graders: I loved because the lesson said you have to follow your dreams. It doesn't matter but just do it. I loved it because the moon was like a baseball. I liked it because the illustrations were excellent. I loved it because she became a baseball player. She hit three home runs and she can run fast.
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can you imagine what the world would be like without women athletes? Marcenia Lyle is the main character who had an amazing dream and she worked hard to make her dream come true. She is ambitious and faces a slight challenge in realizing her dream of becoming the first woman to play for an all male pro baseball team. This story is set in the 1930’s, it’s very encouraging, celebrates women’s history & I love it. ...more
Mar 29, 2008 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
Mar 04, 2008 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.
Oct 20, 2010 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.
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.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautiful true story making girls believe in their dreams no matter what that dream could be
I watched the Storytime Online version of this book read by Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell. In the book, Hubbard writes and DuBurke illustrates the story of young Marcenia Lyle, an African-American woman who would become the first female professional baseball player. The book focuses in on a story from her youth, when she is a grade-schooler whose one passion is baseball. When she learns that Gabby Street, the manager for the St. Louis Cardinals, is holding a kids' baseball camp over the summe ...more
Meredith Cole
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marcenia Lyle is a young girl who is a very talented baseball player. Instead of playing the usual games girls play at recess such as hopscotch and jumprope, she heads out to the baseball field to play with all the boys. One day Mr. Street, who runs a baseball camp, comes to the field to recruit players for his camp. He acknowledges Marcenia’s talent but informs her that he does not take girls in his camp. Determined to show Mr. Street that she deserves to be at his camp, Marcenia contin
Kris Dersch
There are a lot of books about girls wanting to play sports and boys not letting them, but here's the big difference: professional basketball for women exists. Women can have scholarships and win gold medals in track and field, wrestling, soccer, and so on. In what other sport do ambitious young women get sent to entirely different sport? No offense at all to softball, but it isn't baseball and if anything the level playing field for women in baseball has gotten worse in recent years, ...more
Bailey Towles
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Catching the Moon is a true story that is about a girl that has a baseball dream. She is the only girl on the team. Then she gets offered to go to a baseball camp and her parents don't let her go. Then she put her mind to going the camp and she made it happen.

I gave this book four stars because I think that it has a great storyline. I think this is a great book to read with students for many reasons.

I think this would be a good book to read to teach theme. The theme behind the book is to not g
Katie Tracy
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
"Catching the Moon" is about Marcenia Lyle as a child. Lyle was the first woman in history to play professional league baseball. This book is about when she was a young girl and how she started going to baseball camp. Despite money, family, friends, and gender norms, Lyle fought through the adversity to play the sport she loved.

I would totally recommend this book if you were wanting to talk about empowering women to follow their dreams. I love that this book focused on going against what was "n
Chandler Jordahl
Marcenia loves baseball and dreams of being a professional baseball player. Her family questions her love for baseball because it isn't what "typical girls" do. She isn't your girly girl; she is a tom boy. Marcenia doesn't let her spirit die, but her family wouldn't be the only challenge she had to face on this journey. Family, teammates, Mr. Street, and equipment all play barriers, but she is determined to achieve her dream. Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell did a wonderful job reading this text ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
Genre: Biography

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Book Review: Who doesn’t love a good book about girl power? I love this girls persistence! I really enjoy this book because I believe that girls and women are constantly put down because we do not meet the standards of others. It especially gets to my heart strings when it’s a little girl pursuing her dreams! I hope when girls read this book they will know that with persistence, anything is achievable. I will be purchasing this book for my personal collectio
Lori C
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Genre: Nonfiction Picture Book
Ages: 1st-5th

This is a true story about Baseball Hall of Famer, Marcenia “Toni Stone” Lyle Alberga. I had never heard this story before but it was such an inspiring read! Marcenia was extraordinarily good at baseball and did not let any obstacles get in her way. Because of her drive, determination, and amazing skill, she was invited to a baseball camp that was typically only for boys. I am interested in learning more about this woman's life. I think it would make fo
Stevie Cupp
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I loved this book! The pictures were beautiful, but the story was even better. Usually any story about a sport is focused around a boy, especially one like baseball. It was nice to read a story that shows that girls can play any sport a boy can. Instead of focusing around princesses and dress up like most stories with a girl main character do, this story gave a little bit more recognition for that girl that wants to get herself dirty.
Madeline Clements
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorites. It teaches the lesson never give up. Marcenia didn't give up when Mr.Street said he didn't take girls. She proved him wrong and when her dad said she couldn't get cleats she ended up finding away. Never give up on dreams because if you work hard enough they become a reality
I loved the underlying theme of how girls can do anything that boys can do. I also liked how the book taught of perseverance and chasing your dreams. The book was quite long though and I’m not sure if I could read this book aloud to the class. I would keep it in my classroom though for students that like baseball or for students who need some motivation.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars
3-4th grade
Realistic fiction
This book is about a girls dream of playing baseball! I really enjoyed this book because all you can think about is the thing you want the most and in this case it is the dream of baseball. As she went through many struggles, she only really loved baseball. She worked hard and ended up loving baseball even more in the end!
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My granddaughters and I listened to "Catching the Moon" on the same day as we listened to "Salt in his Shoes" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go" amazing day to ponder ones dreams!
We loved listening to both stories about Marcenia and Michael Jordan and how they worked hard to make their dreams come true!
Shannon Hackney
This is a great story about a girl who just wants to play baseball. When no one believes in her besides the boys she has played with all her life, she is determined to show them that she is dedicated and willing to put in hard work to make her dream come true. She is an inspiration that you can do whatever you put your mind to even when others try to put you down or tell you it is not possible.
Beth Preston
This book is an engaging story based on a true story about how Marcenia Lyle (Toni Stone) became a famous baseball player. I love that it shows an African American girl in a role that is not typical.
Emma Vargo
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Biography, nonfiction. Grades 3-4
An inspiring read for children. It teaches about a girl going against the normal and playing baseball and being so successful that she went on to play professionally. Definitely will include this in a personal library as well as a classroom setting.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent picture book based on a true story about the importance of dreams and pursuing your passion!
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Sweet story of a young African American girl who dreams of going to a baseball camp.
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
Roby Elementary 2nd grade
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
My 8 year old tomboy found this story inspiring. An enjoyable read about perseverance.
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-book
Awesome book!
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Love this history! Kids love it took
This book is great, really well written for kids, and is great to start a conversation about both feminism and race issues. I read with my Kindergartner and he really enjoyed it.
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