Baseball Hour

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Boys and girls enthusiastically warm up with special exercises and drills. The players throw the ball back and forth, jog, bat, catch, and pitch. Finally, the players divide up into two teams. The coach, as umpire, makes calls as they catch pop flies, run the bases, and slide feet first into home plate. Practice ends with the kids showing that teamwork makes them better players. Powerful, mixed-media illustrations with dramatic, up-close perspectives interpret the rhythmic text and capture the intensity and ...

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Overview

Boys and girls enthusiastically warm up with special exercises and drills. The players throw the ball back and forth, jog, bat, catch, and pitch. Finally, the players divide up into two teams. The coach, as umpire, makes calls as they catch pop flies, run the bases, and slide feet first into home plate. Practice ends with the kids showing that teamwork makes them better players. Powerful, mixed-media illustrations with dramatic, up-close perspectives interpret the rhythmic text and capture the intensity and exuberance of baseball practice.

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Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
…the gleaming photorealistic pictures of batters' stances and eager hands reaching for gloves could make anyone a bit more excited about Opening Day.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
In a complementary blend of text and illustration, readers will grasp the fun and excitement of learning and playing the sport of baseball. The rhymed couplets present the basics of warming up, pitching, catching, hitting and running the bases. The illustrations are sepia-toned except for the white ball with red stitching. This adds a striking contrast and emphasizes the sport. The images realistically portray the happy, multicultural faces of the boys and girls on the team and show their movements and actions. Close ups of hands, faces, and equipment will elicit a wide range of emotional reactions from the readers. The male and female coaches are also a nice touch, as women often coach childrens' sports teams today. This is very suitable for a group reading as well as independent reading by a beginning reader. It is also a great bedtime book for a parent to share with an aspiring professional ballplayer. This is a sure hit! Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- As in Karate Hour (2004) and Building with Dad (2006, both Marshall Cavendish), the minutia of a specific period in time is brought to eye-popping life. Nevius's rhyming text chronicles a baseball practice session. The warm-up and drills are overpowered by Thomson's unbelievably photorealistic illustrations. While the story is of a team's effort to come together, the up-close, sometimes off-kilter images serve to capture specific moments for the participants, as if the artist took a camera and shot off one snapshot after another. The action is implied by the amazing detail, such as the stretch of a wrinkled pant leg as a runner reaches out to tag a base, or the determined purse of a young batter's lips as he swings his bat. Moments are truly frozen in this book. The effect is an odd combination of sterility and drama. Readers will not learn anything new about baseball in terms of rules, history, or technique, but they will see young athletes who are squeezing every second out of their baseball hour.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761453802
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 795,799
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    Baseball Hour Hits a Home Run

    This book about baseball practice is an excellent book for young readers. The illustrations are all done is sepia tones with the exception of the baseball which has red stitching. The illustrations draw the reader in and make you feel like you are on the field with the players. The rhyming text is easy to read as it takes young readers through an hour of baseball practice. It is also a good read-aloud for younger children since it features both girls and boys of all nationalities.

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