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Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man [Paperback]

By David A. Adler (Author) & Terry Widener (Illustrator)
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Item description for Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler & Terry Widener...

Traces the life of the Yankees' star ballplayer, focusing on his character and his struggle with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Publishers Description
Lou Gehrig's perseverance is legendary. During fourteen years as a first baseman for the New York Yankees, he played in a record 2,130 consecutive games, earning himself the nickname Iron Horse. Lou loved baseball and considered himself a very lucky man, even though on his thirty-sixth birthday he was diagnosed with a rare and fatal disease.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler & Terry Widener has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 753
  • Publishers Weekly - 04/09/2001 page 77

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Sandpiper
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 11" Height: 0.09"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2001
Publisher   Voyager Books
Age  7-9
ISBN  0152024832  
ISBN13  9780152024833  

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More About David A. Adler & Terry Widener

David A. Adler I’ve always been a dreamer... A few years ago I was at Open School Night for my middle son. His fourth-grade teacher was the same one my eldest son had had seven years earlier and the same teacher I had had some time in the 1950s. The teacher looked at me, smiled, and then told the roomful of parents, “A long time ago, when I had just started teaching, David was in my class.” She smiled again and said, “I went to the principal and asked, ‘What should I do with Adler? He’s always dreaming.’ ‘Leave him alone,’ the principal answered. ‘Maybe one day he’ll be a writer.’”

That’s her story, not mine. But I know I did dream through much of my early school years and I did become a writer. Dreamers become writers, and, for me, being a published writer is a dream come true.

I write both fiction and nonfiction. I begin my fiction with the main character. The story comes later. Of course, since I’ll be spending a lot of time with each main character, why not have him or her be someone I like? Andy Russell is based, loosely, on a beloved member of my family. He’s fun to write about, and the boy who inspired the character is even more fun to know. Cam Jansen is based, even more loosely, on a classmate of mine from the first grade whom we all envied because we thought he had a photographic memory. Now, especially when my children remind me of some promise they said I made, I really envy Cam’s amazing memory.

For my books of nonfiction I write about subjects I find fascinating. I’ve been a Yankees and a Lou Gehrig fan for decades, so I wrote Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. It’s more the story of his great courage than of his baseball playing. Children face all sorts of challenges, and it’s my hope that some will be inspired by the courage of Lou Gehrig.

The Babe & I is fiction, but it’s based on fact – on newspaper reports of a nine-day period in 1932. The book blends my love of history, my love of baseball, and my tendency to dream. In the story, a boy finds a way to help his family survive through the hard depression years and, in the process, comes to believe he’s doing it in partnership with his idol, the Babe.

My book of One Yellow Daffodil is fiction, too, but it’s based on scores of interviews I did with Holocaust survivors. The stories I heard from them were compelling. One Yellow Daffodil is a look both to the past and the future, and it expresses my belief in the great spirit and strength of our children.

In my office I have a sign that says, DON’T THINK. JUST WRITE! and that’s how I work. I try not to worry about each word, or even each sentence or paragraph. For me, stories evolve. Writing is a process. I rewrite each sentence, each manuscript, many times. And I work with my editors. I look forward to their suggestions, their help in the almost endless rewrite process.

David A. Adler currently resides in Long Island, in the state of New York. David A. Adler was born in 1947.

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  6. Kids' Catalog Series
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  13. Young CAM Jansen

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( A ) > Adler, David A.
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Sports & Recreation
4Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Health > Diseases > Nonfiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Sports & Activities > Sports > Baseball > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > Sports & Activities > Sports > Baseball > Nonfiction
7Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
8Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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Reviews - What do customers think about Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man?

This is a book that is apt tribute to the New York Yankees first baseman who was a hero both on the field and off. Nicknamed Iron Horse because of his incredible stamina.

Gehrig was diagnosed with a rare deadly disease on his 36th birthday. The grace and courage with which he faced this final challenge has been an inspiration to many.

This book left my son a sad feeling.  Jul 31, 2001
After readind this book to my son, only once, I felt very sad about what happened. Maybe because my son is only 4, his reaction to this book was a lot of sadness, rather than liking the story, or learning about Baseball. I had to spend quite a bit of time explaining to him we (mom and dad) will not die and go to heaven just yet. He was so concerned we would not be around, and started asking so many questions about DEATH. My whole purpose of buying this book was to teach him about the sport, since he is getting so interested in it, and the experience was not even close to it. It is a good book to have and read about Lou Gehrig's history, but not for a 4 year old who just wants to understand and learn more about Baseball.
This book is sweet! Lovely text, and awesome drawings!  Oct 22, 1998
This book is the sad story of Lou Gehrig, a true hero of New York. The up-beat drawings of the 1920's and 30's, really bring out the vibrant text.
It's a woooooooonderful book  Oct 3, 1998
Lou Gehric was one of the best baseball player of all time despite his disease.Lou was a cool guy.He never mised a day at school for eight years.Samething in baseball he played about 2,120 games a record.He was a fighter in many ways but he's greatest battle was against his disease.Lou's record has been broken by Cal Ripken J.R.

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