20,000 Baseball Cards Under the Sea: (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 4 Book)

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Roger's eccentric, junk-collecting friend Kenneth takes him on an awesome undersea ride in a homemade submarine. Their visit to a subaqueous cavern turns up a wonderful surprise: a cache of supervaluable baseball cards!

Roger's friend Kenneth uses an unusual sea vehicle of his own design to take them to an underwater cave, where a cache of old loot gathered by the mermaids turns out to contain a lot of very valuable old baseball ...

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Overview

Roger's eccentric, junk-collecting friend Kenneth takes him on an awesome undersea ride in a homemade submarine. Their visit to a subaqueous cavern turns up a wonderful surprise: a cache of supervaluable baseball cards!

Roger's friend Kenneth uses an unusual sea vehicle of his own design to take them to an underwater cave, where a cache of old loot gathered by the mermaids turns out to contain a lot of very valuable old baseball cards.

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"A brash break from much easy-reading fare."--Bulletin, Center for Children's Books.
Children's Literature
This Level 4 "Step into Reading" book tells how Roger saves his elderly inventor buddy Kenneth from having to give up his house by the sea because of a tax increase. That sounds more serious than this story is. Kenneth has invented an underwater rover, a homemade submarine, which connects to an undersea storehouse where he has put things the mermen and mermaids collect for him, such as old Titanic bath towels and undersea treasure, plus things Kenneth has saved from his childhood, such as old comics and baseball cards. Turns out those last two are what Roger could sell. That's how Kenneth's property is saved, he comes to be able to invent more curious machines, and Roger gets a Corvette which he lets his mother drive occasionally. The cartoon illustrations, seven to ten lines of text per page, and the humorous story invite proficient readers who are ready for paragraphs of text to read right along. 2004 (orig. 1991), Random House, Ages 7 to 9.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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Gr 2-3-- Roger's elderly friend, Kenneth, who is a collector and a recycler, is upset about having his taxes raised. He takes the boy for an amazing ride in his homemade submarine to his undersea storage shed where Roger finds a trunkful of valuable baseball cards worth enough money to buy a Corvette and pay the taxes. Roger keeps his favorite card concluding that, ``Some things are worth more than money.'' It is doubtful that young readers will relate to themes of escalating taxes and selling baseball cards to buy a car that Roger cannot drive. On the other hand, the colorful cartoon illustrations are appealing and contribute greatly to the mundane text. The vocabulary and sentence structure are age appropriate. Marzollo's Soccer Sam or Donnelly's The Titanic: Lost & Found (both Random, 1987) are far more entertaining than this selection. --Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    Great Book

    It has a cool submarine and tells a good story about sharing.

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