Baseball season is around the corner for many of us. Teams have been selected, practices scheduled, and new uniforms ordered. Some of us can't wait to be out there hitting, fielding, having fun with our teammates or just cheering them on. As I was checking our new arrivals this week I came across this pretty cool story and immediately thought of my family. I wonder if this is one of their dreams....to have enough players to create their own team.
Brothers at Bat the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team, written by Audrey Vernick and illustrated by Steven Salerno, Clarion Books, 2012. The Acerras had sixteen kids, I know hard to believe now days but in the 1930 families had lots of kids. With these many kids ( 12 boys) the Acerras had enough to field a baseball team and had 3 on the bench! The Acerra's story is quite unique not only did they shared a love for baseball, they cared for each other and always put family first. I appreciated the little details about their family life, their trials and tribulations during World War II, and their life after baseball. In 1952, they made history when they played their last game together as a team. The illustrations created using crayons, gouache, watercolors and pastel provide a nostalgic sense to the book. The author's note includes factual information on the popularity of all-brother teams as well as details on the book writing process.