Casey at the Bat: Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Ernest L. Thayer’s Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888

Author: Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Illustrator: Christopher Bing
Publisher: Handprint Books
Publication Year: 2000
Brief Summary: Accompanied by beautiful illustrations resembling old-time newspaper clippings, Thayer’s ballad tells the story of Casey, a 19th-century baseball star, and his last at-bat during a game on June 3, 1888.

Awards, Honors and Prizes: 

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
  • Introduce poetry/ballads.  What makes a poem a ballad?
  • How does the illustrator make this fictional story seem real?
  • Read editor’s notes on how this book was made.
  • Write about a memorable sports game that you have watched or attended.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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