Friday, May 29, 2015

Queen of the Diamond by Emily Arnold McCully

Queen of the Diamond:
The Lizzie Murphy Story
by Emily Arnold McCully 
32 pages
Picture Book
February 2015

Book Jacket Summary
Lizzie Murphy was good at baseball. In fact, she was better than most of the boys. But she was born in 1900, and back then baseball was not a game for girls. Lizzie practiced with her brother anyway, and then she talked her way onto the local boys’ team, first as a batboy, then as a player. Everyone was impressed by her hard catches and fast pitches. By the time she turned fifteen, she was playing for two different amateur boys’ teams. When she turned eighteen, Lizzie did something else that women weren’t supposed to do: she signed up with a professional baseball team, determined to earn her living playing the game.

My Thoughts
I always feel like I come away with something when I read a nonfiction picture book. It seems that adults forget about them as they grow up but I find them fascinating because you can learn about obscure history facts that you never knew about. Just like Lizzie Murphy and her baseball playing days on both major league all-star teams. It is a snapshot into the past that children can see and learn.
Lizzie Murphy loved baseball and wanted to play all her life. She got that chance and stood up to those who thought that she could not earn a living playing a "man's game." Equal pay and all. She seems like such an hard working individual and in the Author Notes you learn that she made her own baseball cards and sold them to the fans between innings.
The drawings look old fashioned,  more like what you would have seen drawn in Lizzie's time period. It is a good picture book and I enjoyed hearing Lizzie's story. One I would never have heard if I did not pick up this picture book. Don't be afraid to poke around int he nonfiction picture book section in your library or bookstore. You never know what story you may find. 

Book Pairings
Mama Played Baseball by David A. Adler
Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen by Marissa Moss
Just Like Josh Gibson by Angela Johnson


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