Celebrated author Willie Morris and distinguished artist Barry Moser join in a poetic tribute to youth baseball. Full color.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyLofty language couches a wry appeal to the Great Umpire in the Heavens for a happy baseball season. All ages. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Beverly RiceBaseball evokes childhoods now, childhoods remembered. This book gives blessing to young baseball players, their coaches, parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, and fans through a special nondenominational prayer. The beautiful watercolor illustrations and the poetic text bring a nostalgic feeling to this springtime pastime. PLAY BALL!
School Library JournalGr 2 Up-This narrative poem asks God to look over all those who participate in Little League baseball as another season approaches. Morris leaves nary a soul unmentioned, including the ``retributive daddies'' and ``faithful mothers.'' Blessings are petitioned for those who cheer and those who arbitrate, i.e., umpires. Young ballpayers will be interested in finding out what the author asks the Almighty to bestow upon those who play their own particular positions such as the request that infielders be granted ``deft shovel dips and 6-4-3 double plays.'' Moser's trademark watercolors spill over full pages, deftly portraying all involved including ethnically diverse young ballplayers of both sexes. While the picture-book format will make this title visually attractive to a young audience, the text includes such words as ordinance, inexorable, and assuage, which will require adult interpretation. Morris's skillful prose melds neatly with Moser's fine paintings, creating an end product that will delight all who participate in, or follow the game of baseball. Direct fans of this title to Lillian Morrison's At the Crack of the Bat (Hyperion, 1992) and Lee Bennett Hopkins's Extra Innings (Harcourt, 1993), two collections of baseball poems.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
From the Publisher"Willie Morris’s divine petition to the Almighty and Barry Moser’s splendid illustrations vividly capture the eternal optimism of youth baseball.”—John Grisham, author and Little League coach
"This exquisite book by Willie Morris must be added to the handful of true classics in baseball literature.” —Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
- Harcourt Children's Books
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 7.53(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.39(d)
- Age Range:
- 7 Years
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