Book Review: ‘Tom Playfair’ A Classic Story of American Boyhood

Father Francis J. Finn’s popular books give us a wonderful picture of a well-ordered American childhood.




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and colleagues Charlie Cooke and Alexandra DeSanctis may think I like baseball, but in reality it was Tom Playfair’s work. Tom Playfair, Percy Wynn and Harry Dee, that is. And it wasn’t just baseball that they brought to life. These fictional heroes and their friends and professors were examples to me as a child of courage, inquisitiveness and kindness, along with a strong sense of humor and a beautiful faith.

If you deeply cherish a book and its characters, it can be difficult to convey its value to others without falling into overworked juggling. Such a display would

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