There Goes Ted Williams by Matt Tavares (2013)
There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
by Matt Tavares
Candlewick Press, 2013
The last .400 hitter in the major leagues. Twice a Triple Crown winner. Military hero. How do you introduce the late, great Ted Williams to a generation that is so far removed from his historic baseball career? Author Matt Tavares gives baseball fans a great tool at passing down the lore of the Splendid Splinter with There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived. A very quick read at only 40 pages, Tavares touches on Williams’ youth, his time in San Diego, his arrival in Boston, his service to the country, and his return to Boston after serving as a fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War. That’s a lot of information to pack into 40 pages, but Tavares does a wonderful job of simplifying the facts for younger readers.
My favorite part of There Goes Ted Williams is easily the artwork. Each page contains beautifully painted pictures of Teddy Ballgame hitting home runs, signing autographs, or running away from an exploding airplane. Even if there was not a single word printed on the pages, the book would be worth the cover price for the artwork alone.
Recommended for children aged 6-10, There Goes Ted Williams is the book you need to begin teaching youngsters about “the greatest hitter who ever lived.”
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