Players in Pigtails

Players in Pigtails

Book - 2003
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Katie Casey, a fictional character, helps start the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which gave women the opportunity to play professional baseball while America was involved in World War II.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439183055
0439183057
Branch Call Number: Ju E Cor
Additional Contributors: Gibbon, Rebecca - Illustrator

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skyekilaen
Dec 14, 2016

With so many men fighting in World War Two, the All American Girls Professional Baseball League steps in to entertain the folks at home. Their debut is not without some drama, though, as public skepticism is high.

We read this with my son when he was quite young. We had to explain some of the basics of historical context to him as we went along, but he got it pretty quickly and loved seeing the young women succeed. As a feminist mama, I loved the book's explanation that the main character, Katie Casey, wasn't "...good at being a girl... at least not the kind of girl everyone thought she should be." However, I was disappointed that Gibbon's otherwise charming, retro art portrayed all the "girls" playing for the league with the same body type: thin. All female athletes aren't the same build. And as Kirkus Reviews notes (a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/shana-corey/players-in-pigtails), the book gives a misleading portrayal that women of color were included in the League.

I still think it's a good book, but those couple of flaws are worth a good conversation.

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