Balls! Round 2


This springy title features all of the orbs that didn't roll into the first Balls! title. Well-rounded information—from history to construction to trivia—abounds about baseballs, bowling balls, softballs, billiard balls, and many more.
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This springy title features all of the orbs that didn't roll into the first Balls! title. Well-rounded information—from history to construction to trivia—abounds about baseballs, bowling balls, softballs, billiard balls, and many more.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Following the same pattern as Balls!, published in 2006, Rosen presents information on a wide range of balls: baseballs, softballs, bowling balls, bocce balls, marbles, croquet balls, shot puts, billiards, lacrosse balls, and an assortment of "extreme odd balls," such as Silly Putty, matzo balls, and the Koosh® ball. The construction of the ball, along with its standard weight and size and a little history of the sport, are recounted in a light, humorous tone. Photographs and comic illustrations let the reader know this is a fun read. Terms used in the sport, record setting events, and quotes by famous players round out the information. Annotated book titles and web sites are listed in the back for further reading. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6- Humorist Rosen offers a lighthearted look at a variety of balls, covering their production and history, and how they're used in sports. This is a stand-alone sequel to Balls! (Darby Creek, 2006), which featured basketballs and soccer balls among others. This time, the author highlights balls used in baseball, softball, bowling, bocce, croquet, shot put, billiards, and lacrosse. Each sport receives a brief introduction (apparently, bocce "is the third-most-played sport in the world"), complemented by color photographs, cartoons, and graphics. There's an emphasis on fun science, with simple puzzles and experiments (such as stir-fried marbles). Throughout, Rosen serves up a feast of whimsical trivia and wordplay, and he rounds out this collection with sections on marbles and extreme goofballs. Covering a miscellany of fun facts from the lifespan of a major league baseball to the definition of a "mibster," this well-crafted collection should appeal to browsers and sports fans.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581960662
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Darby Creek Exceptional Titles Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,026,731
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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