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**Becoming Joe DiMaggio

by Maria Testa

Reviewed May 25, 2003.
Candlewick Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, 2002.  51 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF TES).
Maine Lupine Award Winner

Short and sweet, Becoming Joe DiMaggio is a novel in verse.  On the day Joseph Paul was born in 1936, his grandfather made a child-size chair for him, looking forward to the day when they could sit together and listen to Yankees games.  As he grew up, this became the symbol of his life.  He listened to Joseph Paul DiMaggio and dared to dream, despite war, despite his own father’s arrest.  He wanted to become Joe DiMaggio when he grew up.  Though that job was already taken, he found another dream almost as big.

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