THE GREAT BALL GAME by Joseph Bruchac

THE GREAT BALL GAME

A Muskogee Story
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

How the bat found its niche in the animal kingdom and why birds fly south in winter are explained in this Muskogee tale, one of a dozen similar stories on the topic found in Native American lore. In this version, a disagreement has arisen between the birds and the animals. They take to the stickball field (stickball here is a Native American game similar to lacrosse) to resolve the affair. The bat is spurned by the birds as too small, but the animals take him in, if only as an alternate. As twilight settles over the playing field, the bat comes into his element and scores the winning goal. He then levies a penalty on the birds: They must leave that land for six months every year, while the bats stay home and rest. As an explanation for migration, this story has it all over the stellar-geo-electro-magnetic theory currently in vogue. Roth's distinctive collages have a Red Grooms busyness ranging from bright and appealing to appropriately subtle, rendered from elegant handmade papers gathered in Tibet, Italy, Japan, and Thailand. There is one problem, though. Many bats don't stay home and rest. They migrate, too. Oops. (Picture book. 4-8)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-8037-1539-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1994




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