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The Greatest Game Ever Played

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The 1958 NFL championship game is known to football fans as the "Greatest Game Ever Played." Featuring gridiron legends like Johnny Unitas, Frank Gifford, and Vince Lombardi, the Game marked the beginning of America’s infatuation with professional football.

Now, Phil Bildner tells a heartwarming father-and-son story against the backdrop of this historic moment.When the New York Giants baseball team moves to San Francisco, young Sam discovers the other New York Giants—the football Giants. He convinces his skeptical Pop to come with him to the Game, and as Johnny Unitas engineers Baltimore’s legendary comeback, Sam and Pop rediscover the joy of rooting on their heroes together.

Review:

"Deftly blending surefire ingredients — nostalgia, father-son bonding and on-field action — Bildner's (Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy) story tells of the 1958 championship NFL game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts, played at Yankee Stadium. But before kickoff, the author provides plenty of compelling pre-game background. After Sam's father loses his factory job, he finds new work with longer hours, and he and his son can no longer attend the games of their beloved New York Giants baseball team. Then comes the devastating news that the Giants are relocating to California. Sam, who sells newspapers at a local store, begins reading about the 'other' New York Giants and follows their games on the radio, but Pop appears to have no interest in football. When Sam's boss must let him go, he hands the lad tickets to the championship game, and thus treats father and son to the sports event of a lifetime (despite the fact that the Giants end up losing in sudden-death overtime). Sam also discovers that his father knows far more about these Giants than he has let on. Bildner's informative afterword emphasizes the significance of this game in football history, especially its role in kicking the sport into the national spotlight. Pullen (The Toughest Cowboy) nicely showcases the big names of the era (Unitas and Berry, Gifford and Huff, etc.). An intriguing balance of realism and caricature, his artwork scores a win, especially with its evocations of the ingenuous protagonist's profound emotions. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Bildner tells a heartwarming father-and-son story against the backdrop of the"Greatest Game Ever Played," the 1958 NFL championship. Full color. 11x 8 1/2.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399241710
Author:
Pullen, Zachary
Publisher:
Putnam Publishing Group
Illustrator:
Pullen, Zachary
Author:
Pullen, Zachary
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Football
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - General
Subject:
Football
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-Football
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
8.5 x 11.5 in 1 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 40 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399241710 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Deftly blending surefire ingredients — nostalgia, father-son bonding and on-field action — Bildner's (Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy) story tells of the 1958 championship NFL game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts, played at Yankee Stadium. But before kickoff, the author provides plenty of compelling pre-game background. After Sam's father loses his factory job, he finds new work with longer hours, and he and his son can no longer attend the games of their beloved New York Giants baseball team. Then comes the devastating news that the Giants are relocating to California. Sam, who sells newspapers at a local store, begins reading about the 'other' New York Giants and follows their games on the radio, but Pop appears to have no interest in football. When Sam's boss must let him go, he hands the lad tickets to the championship game, and thus treats father and son to the sports event of a lifetime (despite the fact that the Giants end up losing in sudden-death overtime). Sam also discovers that his father knows far more about these Giants than he has let on. Bildner's informative afterword emphasizes the significance of this game in football history, especially its role in kicking the sport into the national spotlight. Pullen (The Toughest Cowboy) nicely showcases the big names of the era (Unitas and Berry, Gifford and Huff, etc.). An intriguing balance of realism and caricature, his artwork scores a win, especially with its evocations of the ingenuous protagonist's profound emotions. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Bildner tells a heartwarming father-and-son story against the backdrop of the"Greatest Game Ever Played," the 1958 NFL championship. Full color. 11x 8 1/2.
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