Overview

America's favorite pasttime from A to Z.

From young to old, new to tried-and-true, here is the baseball book for every fan. With one or more baseball-related terms for each letter arranged in alphabetic order, accompanied by a stirring illustration, this gorgeous compendium celebrates America's game. Large paintings of scenes alternate with scrapbook-style pages. Facts, figures, faces, lists, and other information comprise an additional ...
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Overview

America's favorite pasttime from A to Z.

From young to old, new to tried-and-true, here is the baseball book for every fan. With one or more baseball-related terms for each letter arranged in alphabetic order, accompanied by a stirring illustration, this gorgeous compendium celebrates America's game. Large paintings of scenes alternate with scrapbook-style pages. Facts, figures, faces, lists, and other information comprise an additional resource in the back of the book. As contemporary as today's sports page and as nostalgic as an old baseball card, this is an alphabet book for kids, their parents and grandparents that can be used all through the year.
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Editorial Reviews

Pamela Paul
Established Fans and Rookies alike will enjoy.
—The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
Golenbock defines several baseball terms and phrases for each letter of the alphabet, the entries and their definitions appearing in trim sidebars that let Andreasen’s artwork take center stage. Figures like Babe Ruth and Alexander Cartwright (“The man who invented baseball”) are mentioned alongside terms like “bases loaded,” “fielder’s choice,” “line drive” and “southpaw,” which all receive brief definitions. Andreasen offers muted images of players batting, sliding into base, and pitching, as well as scenes of families enjoying games together and nostalgic still-lifes of well-worn uniforms, pennants, and other memorabilia. While there are a few weak entries (such as “questions” and “quotations” for Q), this is a soft-tempo and fairly comprehensive guide for fans looking to hone their baseball vocabulary. Additional baseball facts including stats, awards, teams, and trivia appear in appended pages. Ages 6–8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This picture book presents an A-to-Z look at the sport that will be paged through again and again. Golenbock gives readers clear concise one- or two-sentence explanations with multiple entries per letter, such as "A is for "Ace," "America's Pastime," "April," "Around the horn," and "At bat"; R includes "RBI" (Run Batted In), "Relief Pitcher," "Retired number," and "Rookie." Andreasen's painterly artwork enhances the text with baseball scenery and detailed close-ups of expressive faces. Weaker letters such as X ("Looks like the stitches in your glove") and Y ("Y'er out!") are nonetheless beautifully illustrated. The added background matter in "Fun Facts" gives readers intricate drawings of hands showing pitch grips and a baseball diamond and a chart listing both American and National League teams. Adults and group leaders wanting to clarify some essential rules and phrases for young fans can enjoy this handsome addition to their baseball repertoire.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Words and phrases associated with the national pastime are explained for young fans. What does a pinch hitter do? What does it mean when a player's number is retired? What should you do during Seventh-Inning Stretch? All these and many other terms are explained clearly and concisely in Golenbeck's beginning dictionary of baseball. The focus is on a young fan's first experiences as a spectator at a professional game, including what will be seen, heard and tasted. So there is information about the green grass, whether natural or artificial, the hot dogs, peanuts and Crackerjacks and the calls of the umpires. The entries, varying in number depending on the letter, are set on a background of faint pinstripes. Each upper-case letter, resembling the stitching on uniforms, appears above the entries in dark royal blue on a field of white and is encircled in red. Andreasen variably depicts the action, the accoutrements and the fans' activities and reactions in large-scale drawings employing soft earth tones contrasted with a few touches of brighter hues. A section of "fun facts" follows the dictionary and presents a great deal of further information with the same clarity and accessibility. Golenbeck definitely conveys more than the facts. An entry for J says it all: "Joy: What you feel watching the game." (Informational picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101643839
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/2/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,257,113
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • File size: 32 MB
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Meet the Author

Peter Golenbock
Peter Golenbock is a sports journalist and author with six bestselling adult titles, and is one of the best-known baseball writers today. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dan Andreasen has illustrated many well-loved books for children. He lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

Peter Golenbock is a sports journalist and author with six bestselling adult titles, and is one of the best-known baseball writers today. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dan Andreasen has illustrated many well-loved books for children. He lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

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