Churnin, Nancy The William Hoy Story 20 pgs. Albert Whitman and Company, 2016. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION
This is the story of
famous early baseball player William Hoy. He became deaf as a child and learned
to read lips. Baseball was his true passion and kept practicing and playing despite rejections, cruelty, and setbacks.
Eventually he found a better way to communicate with the umpire. This new way
of using arm gestures to go along with the spoken call, turned out to improve
the game for everyone involved, including the audience. Willaim’s success as a
player and as a person overcoming challenges makes for a wonderful picture
book. The artwork is basic and easy to share with a group. This could work for
a teacher for a lesson on history, overcoming challenges, never giving up, and
innovation. Baseball fans would enjoy this book no matter the lessons involved.
EL(K-3), EL -ESSENTIAL Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.