Monday, April 27, 2009

Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer, illustrated by LeRoy Neiman

This classic poem that paints hope and courage so brilliantly and then lets it end in failure will captivate your imagination. Everyone who tries, fails and Mighty Casey tries with such flair and ends with great despair. LeRoy Neiman illustrated the poem in a fashion that aids suspense building and allows the children to determine the ending in advance. The drawings are done in charcoal and enliven Casey, making him larger than life. My children have been begging for multiple readings since we checked it out, rapidly making a favorite.

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