Catching the Moon

By School Library Journal

This anecdotal tale is based on the childhood of Marcenia “Toni Stone” Lyle Alberga, who became the first woman to play professional baseball. As a girl, Marcenia dreams only of playing baseball, while her strict but loving parents suggest that she stick to dolls and focus on school. One night she ovverhears them ruefully acknowledge the limited options that lie in sotre for most African-American girls: teaching, nursing, or being a maid. Marcenia promises herself that she’ll achieve her goal. Opportunity arrives in the form of Gabby Street, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, who runs a free baseball camp for kids. He’s impressed by her talent, but doesn’t allow girls to participate. The story ends with her acceptance into the camp and her determination to make her dream come true. An afterword sums up Lyle’s name change and her career, including the fact that she filled the spot vacated by Hank Aaron when he joined the Major Leagues. Hubbard’s lively text does a fine job of capturing this young heroine’s unquenchable spirit. DuBurke’s balanced pen-and-ink and acrylic artwork strongly supports the mood and emotion of the text. Much like its winsome, pigtailed heroine, this heartwarming picture book will inspire and engage dreamers young and old