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Baseball Hourby Carol Nevius, Bill Thomson (Illustrator)
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
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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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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Have you ever wondered what goes on at your childs’ baseball practice? Reading this book could save you time by not going to your child’s baseball practice when there could be something else you need to do. Baseball Hour is written by Carol Nevius and illustrated by Bill Thompson. Carol Nevius also writes Karate Hour, Soccer hour, and Building With Dad. Baseball Hour is really good it has good flow and the rhymes are accurate. This book is for a child that is into baseball or just if you like baseball it is still a cool book. The book is about baseball practice. This book shows friendship because of the happiness shown by the characters. The illustrators shiny paintings of the kids practicing create the sensation that he feel that baseball has a hyperactive connotation. The book is a rhyming book, and it flows really well with the illustrations. I think if this book did not have words, the illustrations could explain the book pretty well. The illustrations are shiny and brown and they show actions of the kids at practice. The main message about the book is that anyone can play the game and have fun. Baseball Hour is a really intriguing book that is readable for anyone at any age. “ Feeling loose from head to toe, we grab our gloves and start to throw.” Baseball hour is a well organized children's book. This book explores the activities kids do at baseball practice:, they throw the ball, they pitch, they run the bases, they tag the runner out. I would rate this book 9 out of 10 because of the hyperactive paintings, flow and rhyming.
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.