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The Lucky Baseball Bat: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition - eBook
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With a fun twist, in the end, Martin learns that there really isn't any such thing as a lucky bat, and that instead, it is all about what he believes in his head. But it is sweet and classic and wholesome in a "swell" sort of way. Marvin is the new kid in town, and he wants to play baseball but doesn't have a glove or bat.
But…Marv is the opposite of talented.
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He seems destined for only strike outs. Then, a nice kid down the street gives him the equipment that he outgrew, and Marvin starts to hit. He gets really good. He credits his bat for his good fortune--it's easier to explain good luck than improved skill in Marvin's head. The inevitable happens and it's really clear that this is going to happen in this very beginning chapter book : the bat breaks, and Marvin loses his confidence.
Despite feeling low, he rescues a toddler from being hit by a car, and while Marvin shrugs off the parents' insistence that they help him in some way, the father of the little boy makes a bat.
He says it's his lucky bat, just put back together again, all Humpty-Dumpty like. After Marvin helps win the last game of the season--the game that wins all the boys on his team a trip to one game of the World Series--the father of the little boy breaks it to him: It was a new bat, not his lucky bat. Marvin realizes that it was his skill not luck that won the game, and he is even more proud of himself.
A simple story, right? Ben was on the edge of his seat.
The nostalgic glimpses made me chuckle: When Marvin is at the height of his hitting with doubles and tripes flying off his bat, a local TV reporter invites him to be on the news. Marvin's little sister Jeannie gasps in delight and says, "I'm going to tell my two friends!
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They even have television sets! Marvin is a good guy--earnest, honest, and takes the high road every chance he gets. It's great to have a character in a book be this kind and uncomplicated.