Becoming Joe DiMaggio
Spare, simple poems tell a boy’s moving story in this short novel about baseball, family, and the American dream.
It’s 1936, and the Yankees have just hired a star center fielder whose name sounds like music. What could be a better time for Papa-Angelo’s grandson to be born? Christened after the legendary ballplayer, young Joseph Paul learns much at his Italian grandfather’s knee - about holding your breath in front of the radio during a 3-2 count with the bases loaded and having the audacity to dream big dreams. After all, the boy’s ne’er-do-well father is out of the picture, and it is Papa-Angelo’s job to teach his grandson what it means to be a hero.
In a poignant novel told in verse, Maria Testa paints a picture of a timeless bond between a grandson and his immigrant grandfather - and of finding his own place in a brave new world.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Swelker - LibraryThing
Becoming Joe DiMaggio is a collection of poems about a boy and what he wants his future to be about. The poems are all about the baseball player Joe DiMaggio and his life. The little boy wants to be ... Read full review
BECOMING JOE DIMAGGIOUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Joseph Paul, named for the wondrous new rookie centerfielder of the 1936 New York Yankees, has big dreams and a long hard road to travel in order to achieve them. Papa-Angelo, his grandfather, teaches ... Read full review