Jonah Winter: You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?



O thinking it was any good right ff the bat You want my love Thrill me And darned if Jonah Winter throws that reuest right back in my face He s taken Sandy Koufax a guy I ve Death by Inferior Design only vaguely heard mentioned before alongside the word Dodgers and has woven a talef becoming the best through time effort and grotesuely swollen limbs So I am telling you here and now that if you have a kid that loves baseball r a kid that couldn t care less whatever the case may be this is the book for them You never heard f Sandy Koufax Get ready to He was just a Jewish kid from Brooklyn really Growing up he seemed to be good at every sport he did but when it came to pitching that Koufax kid was something else Before long he was hired by the Dodgers and trying to earn his keep The problem He wasn t the world s greatest pitcher He could throw strikes but mostly he was nowhere near the strike zone Even after the Dodgers moved to LA he wasn t uite living up to his potential After the 1960 season he left even going so far as to throw away his Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 outfit Fortunately for everyone when spring training rolled around he was back and in a preseason game against the twins he gave a powerhouse performance Really let em fly After that none could stop him and when he retired young he was a legend in his wn right As the book says Who was Sandy Koufax Sandy Koufax was a guy who finally relaxed enough to let his body do the ne thing it was put n this earth to do And what a thing f beauty that was A glossary A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of baseball terms and informationn the statistics in this book appear at the end You might be wondering how it is that I feel I m ualified to review this book since I have right from the start admitted that I m a baseball na f Well I ll tell ya I know me some baseball fans The kinds The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of people who will tell you breathlessly where they were when such n such a game played at such n such a time The kinds who know the storyf Sandy Koufax inside White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs outside and upside down And you know what They like this book Boy howdy yeah do they One adamant fan told me that she was particularly interested in the mentionf the time when Sandy sat ut the first game f the 1965 World Series because it fell Scab on a Jewish High Holy Day Now as she pointedut to me Sandy wasn t In a World Created by a Drunken God observant So if Mr Winter had gone about saying that Sandy did it because he wanted tobserve the day just as he always had that would have been a bit Indo No Kao of a stretchingf the ld truth there Instead Winter tells it like it is Sandy sits ut the game to show he s proud to be Jewish There you go Open and shut case Sandy Koufax may have been the strikeout king Giant Peach Yodel of baseball but if you ask me Jonah Winter s the current strikeout kingf the non fiction picture book set Examine this man s 2009 year alone This guy s juggling a bio Sinai and Zion of Sandy Koufax alongsidene f Gertrude Stein Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude with enough time to spare to give a tip f the hat to f all people Gilbert and Sullivan The Fabulous Feud Of Gilbert And Sullivan No two books sound alike No two books look alike Really the nly thing they have in common is that they re fabulous The man s n fire and I ll level anybody that tries to put that fire ut Mind you I would have liked to have seen a Bibliography at the back Iniquity of the book in some way Just something to tell me where Winter was getting his facts It important to me that the book doesn t show the entire lifef Koufax from mewling babe to doddering ld man Instead you get the sense that you are seeing his whole life when in fact Winter has cleverly limited himself to pretty much nly identifying that moment in Koufax s life where everything changed That single pinpoint in time when he went from mediocre to legendary Not everyone has that moment and when you find someone who does it s probably all a writer can do not to put pen to paper and talk about it nonstop The book is also written in an easygoing seemingly ff hand style It reads like a conversation you might have with a friend at a party It s not hokey and it sure isn t folksy either Just comfortable You are inclined to trust the narrator even if you ve never met him before And kids reading this book will find in it an exceedingly accessible tale f a brand new which is to say uite Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) old hero As for illustrator Andre Carrilho I m sure I ve seen his work in various magazines and newspapers around the country But the first time he really caught my eye was when he illustrated Patricia McKissack s Porch Lies Talesf Slicksters Tricksters and Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook other Wily Characters In that book Carrilho s style was stretched pulled and roundedut to accommodate the tallest f very tall tales You Never Heard f Sandy Koufax may prove to be a natural fit for Carrilho though After all he s made a name for himself doing caricature How much Livin' de Life of a stretch is it really then when he portrays real historical figures in a child friendly non fiction manner And while the characters in Porch Lies looked fine within their context there s an airf authenticity around these Sandy Koufax folks Sandy himself is portrayed as a lithe fellow with permanently suinting eyes and thick luscious eyebrows These eyebrows do much The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of the work indicating with a tweakr a curl whether Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki or not Koufax is feeling particularly downtroddenr focused at any given moment Random House also apparently wasn t feeling the pinch Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of the economic downturn when they filled this book to brimming with gold and movement The cover as I may have mentioned before moves Turn it this way and Sandy s throwing a pitch Turn it another way and he s straightening up again The interior spreads are also laced with gold It s what would happen if Demi ever gotbsessed with baseball I guess Actually the first time you notice it is when you first The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta open the book to find a mock pairf baseball cards n the endpapers It s subtle but Sandy s glove is a golden hue as is the Los Angeles Dodgers part f the image Turn another page and the gold hits you upside the head highlighting a single baseball glove and a signed Sandy Koufax ball nesting inside A look through the book reveals ther colors as well and they all fit the mood f a given page The spread showing the major league scouts contains dark reds and a blue cloud shot sky Ebbets Field cranks up the blue highlighting the red lines f Sandy s new utfit From there n it it s all blues reds and golds From the riot. Hear that he actually uit nly to return the next season different firing Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge one rocket after anotherver the plate We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day And we see him in pain because Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of anverused left arm eventually retiring at the peak f his ca.

I loved this book and couldn t wait to share it with the children at my school As I d expected they loved the cover They also loved the way the illustrator used gold n the pictures The story was a little too hard for them They were confused with the author s use Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book of first person plural They did not get the way the author used the vernacular voice to tell the story They needed background information about KoufaxBut they loved that it was about a baseball player They liked the voicef the author and thought it was fun When it came down to voting the room was clearly divided Children who loved baseball rated it a 5 and those who did not like baseball rated the book a 1It is a book with wonderful facts about a fascinating man I would suspect that ten and eleven year lds would enjoy the book a bit than my young students but I bet that a lot f the cleverness and fun f the book would elude even them Maybe we need to create a new category f books Picture Books for Grownups I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to parents The Deadline or teachers to read with their kids who love baseball Not sure many children would really hang in there with the bookn his wn Not even a big baseball fan Not even a big baseball fan living in NY A Sample One day ne f ur scouts Al Campanis invites Sandy to Ebbets Field home f ur team the Brooklyn Dodgers so s he can see the hotshot pitch After battin just ne time against him Campanis has seen enough He says to Sandy Kid how d you like to play for us Don t think too hard uick as you can say Jackie Robinson this nineteen year ld suirt was wearin Dodgers blue and earnin dough than some Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel of usld timers Children s Comments You Never Heard Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) of Sandy KoufaxElyssa 6 said I liked how the words were writtenChloe 6 said I liked how he did the gloveSylvia 5 said I liked the front coverJase 5 said I liked the picturesChildren s Ratings 5 1 5 5 5 5 1 5 1 Booklist 2009 Editors Choice Review Plot SummaryPersonal Response Sandy Koufax grew up in Brooklyn and as a child there were two things that stuckut about him One he was Jewish and two he was incredible at every sport he tried By the age Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History of 19 he had a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers pitching however the beginningf his career did not go so well He struggled his first few years Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio of his career actually therganization was moved to Los Angeles and it wasn t until 1961 that he began to shine For the next five years he was Regarde, c'est maman ! onef the best pitchers in all The Bricklayer of the MLB Then in the 1965 playoffsn a night Koufax was to pitch he did not attend the game because it was the beginning f a Jewish holiday He showed his true colors that night proving what meant to him and will always be remembered as ne Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation of the greatest left handed pitchers to ever play the game Sandy Koufax in my mind was a great pitcher but importantly he was a great role model something that s hard to find these days He was my grandfathers favorite playerf all time and he has been rooting for the Dodgers before they moved to LA The book is very accurate and adds little sidebars The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) of information throughout the pages that wouldn t always fit in the text which is really cool because I like numbersLiterary Merit Andre Carrilho has a very interesting illustration style and it is portrayed rightn the front cover The form f a human body is all there and normal but everyone s eyes are closed They are just two small lines where eyes normally would be Creating the illustrations this way could be confusing for a reader and brings up a lot f uestions Another interesting piece about the illustrations is the Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West over sizingf the hats and gloves Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off on the players This also leads to uestioning why the illustrations are done this way but certainly they are eye catching and make for interesting picturesGenre Considerations This is a non fiction biographical picture bookn the life and major league career f Sandy Koufax Each page talks about a year r an event in Sandy s life then goes through almost each We, the People of the seasons he played for the Dodgers andn some Single of the pages there are statistics comparing Koufax to somef the ther greatest pitchers f all time The information throughout the text is important to understanding who Sandy Koufax was and the sidebars full f statistics helps to put into perspective how amazing he was Reader ResponseClassroom Connections Students especially in elementary school need to have time to run around be utside and be kids One way to incorporate this story into a classroom would be as simply as at recess time playing a game f baseball Most students can then use their imagination and pretend to be whichever baseball player they look up to r want to be Baseball involves being able to count balls strikes uts and many ther mathematical skills and ideas that normally you would have to read about in your math textbook Another idea would be to use the moving Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and study both the cities This move went the whole way across the United States students could team up and choose between researching California and the Los Angeles area andthers could choose to research New York and Brooklyn This also could become a history lesson The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes on what wasccurring in these places at this time Most children enjoy some sort f physical activity r sport so it would be important to use sports in a classroom for them to be able to make connections to new information they are trying to learn Mmf Baseball Symbolic sports Rescuing a Werewolf of its ilk get all the good press when it comes to children s books Tiki Barber books aside if I were to placedds I d have to say that a full 50% Making Women Pay of kids books about sports concentraten baseball After all its fans are inclined to view a regular game as nothing short GloomCookie of epic Men in a field Duking itut under a blazing sun The intermingling f strength and smarts Yeah So basically baseball bores me to tears I ll sit in n a game anytime you like but that s just as something to pass the time doing So when I pick up a book like You Never Heard The Jesuit of Sandy Koufax I m looking at it the same way any bored nine yearld might I place it With Bound Hands on my lap and yell at it Okay book Impress me Make me care It s a tallrder Lesser books have scuffled their feet and slunk away from the challenge And for all that the cover Rim of the Pit of this book is a holographic wonder I wasn t gonna let some pretty Johnny come lately charm me int. In this striking picture book biography anld timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax such an amazing baseball player We learn that the beginning You Can Beat the Odds of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky that he was shy with his teammates and experienced discrimination asne f the nly Jews in the game We.

Of red coming Stripes of All Types offf Sandy standing n the mound to the golden sand f a given ball field Carrilho uses his colors judiciously and in keeping with the mood f each scene And I haven t even mentioned the early 1960s authenticity f the furniture clothing and hair Or the seemingly effortless design that constantly manages to integrate the words with the pictures in such a way that to remove Baltimore Catechism No. 2 oner the Mic manual de campanie electorală other would be to render the entire project moot In form in function and in sheer fun You Never Heardf Sandy Koufax is a class act from start to finish It is everything a biography for a young reader should be This is a book that declares loud and proud that the people working The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects on it cared about what they were doing We would considerurselves lucky if ther books do half so much A must read Ages 5 9 I was thrilled when a baseball biography landed n the North Carolina Children s Book Award list for the year But I have to admit I judt didn t really get this One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones one I mean I ve heardf Sandy Koufax and I m thrilled to get his name Just Joking out to a new generationf fans Or for that matter to build a new generation f baseball fans But this book just didn t work for me The unnamed first person narrator concept did not work for me I didn t care for the art I found the side bars with extra information usually something I love to be kind f Times of Trouble (A Time Travel Anthology) odd in what they highlighted and how Sorry I just didn t like it Two things really lowered this book in my eyes The firstne being the most important the author writes Sandy Koufax was like the Greek god BENAAMI of baseball Anyone with the slightest knowledgef history andor Judaism would know how ffensive that is The amazing part is that this is written 2 pgs after describing Koufax s famous refusal to play during High Holy Days The second thing that I find bothersome is that some f the stats are described as taken from Wikipedia Baseball stats can be very subjective to begin with why would any respectable author r editor for that matter take stats from a source that is not known for being the most reliable In picking ut baseball books for my week ahead I was drawn to the cover The Real Bluebeard: The Life of Gilles de Rais of thisne as I anticipate my students to be Stay on Your Toes, Maggie Adams! on Monday There were a few in this series about baseball greats Surprisingly I never heardf the series However it s a great approach to biographies for young students I really like the layout narration and presentation It s easy to get into you learn a lot about the player and for those that want to learn about baseball and the stats pportunities are provided Very nicely done and I look forward to checking ut in this series I had heard Night Train To Cherbourg: A Joszef Kiraly: Gentleman, Vampire Mystery of Sandy Koufax prior to this book I could tell you he was something to do with baseball and that s about all I may not have even gotten the sport right but I knew he was an athleteNow however I can tell you that Koufax earne Starting with the line You gotta be kidding You never heardf Sandy Koufax the author Disowned outlines the careerf Sandy Koufax in a kid friendly voice The author was very aware Comptia Security+ Sy0-301 Exam Cram of his intended audience and used improper grammar and structure and instead wrote as if he was in a conversation It never felt like I was sitting down to leran Rather I read a story in which many facts and bitsf information were intergrated In talking about his sudden retirement the author states You should seen it when he made the announcement A room full Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey of reporters mouths fellpen It made no sense It was this tone that made the book uite enjoyableI think this book would be a great read for younger baseball lovers In addition to the wonderful use The Cosmic Internet: Explanations from the Other Side of voice the pictures are captivating The usef color makes specific components stand Marketing Aesthetics out to the treader For those that are interested in baseball to a great degree the book includes sidebars with statistics and facts related to Sandy s career I would recommend this book for use with third and fourth graders I was born and raised in Los Angeles and amld enough to remember Sandy Koufax but clearly there are many young people including baseball fans who have never heard f him This picture book biography seeks to bring Koufax front and center for young fans The book pens as follows You gotta be kidding You never heard f Sandy Koufax He was nly the greatest lefty who ever pitched in the game Oddly Normal of baseballThe narrator is an unidentified Dodgers teammate who talks in an informal folksy style We learn about Koufax growing up Jewish in Brooklyn where he was supposed to be a doctorr a lawyer But Sandy was a fantastic athlete great at basketball as well as baseball Soon the baseball scouts come sniffin around and the 19 year American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity, 1940 to 1979 old Koufax is signed to the Dodgers But Koufax wasn t a great pitcher right away Somef the guys didn t like him both because he kept to himself and because he was Jewish and his pitching was erratic setting records for wild pitches In fact Koufax even uits the team but soon enough is back at spring training But finally Koufax hits his stride striking McNally's Risk out player after player throwing so hard his hat fallsff But fame and success come with a price his elbow swells so badly after each game that he has to ice it and constantly take painkillersAuthor Jonah Winter tells Slaves of New York of course the famous storyf how Koufax sat Gou: Himetachi No Sengoku Vol. 1 out the 1st gamef the 1965 World Series his turn to pitch because it fell Johannes Itten: Das Frühwerk 1907-1919 on the Jewish High Holy Days when if you re Jewish you ain t supposed to workSandy sitsut the game to show he s proud to be Jewish and to set a good exampleand becomes an even bigger hero to American JewsAnd when he s at the top From Rodin to Plensa: Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum of his game he startles the baseball community by retiring It was thatr lose the use Goin' the Extra Mile (a Mary Jo Melendez mystery Book 3) of his armWinter doesn t try to make Koufax into a warm and fuzzy guy instead he concentratesn his journey and special talents as a pitcher The illustrations in the book by Portuguese illustrator Andre Carrilho are extraordinary done in graphite Dangerous Beauty on paper with color and texture addedn the computer they capture the speed power and grace f Koufax n the moundThe book includes sidebars filled with statistics as well as factoids such as a list Atlantis in America of famous Jewish baseball playersThis book has received a numberf well earned awards including Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Young Readers Top f the List award from Booklist as the best children s non fiction book f 2009 Booklist Editor s Choice and ALA Notable Book and honors from Kirkus and Parents Magazine. Reer Finally we are told that people are still “scratchin’ their heads Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Bashful Beaver over Sandy” who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day Accompanied by sidebars filled with statistics this Parents Magazine Best Bookf the Year and Booklist Top f the List is sure to delight budding baseball fan.

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Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of many picture book biographies including Barack which was a New York Times bestseller His books include Here Comes the Garbage Barge Sonia Sotomayor Roberto Clemente and A poet and a painter Mr Winter divides his time between Santa Fe and a small town in Pennsylvania