Baseball in the Barrios


Join nine-year-old Hubaldo Romero P?ez in Venezuela as he introduces his friends, his family, and his favorite sport?baseball. Complemented by a map and an English-Spanish baseball glossary, Hubaldo?s story is an inviting introduction to a foreign land viewed through the lens of a shared passion. ?This dynamic sports photo-essay will be fun for sports fans and effective for social studies units.??Booklist

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Join nine-year-old Hubaldo Romero Páez in Venezuela as he introduces his friends, his family, and his favorite sport—baseball. Complemented by a map and an English-Spanish baseball glossary, Hubaldo’s story is an inviting introduction to a foreign land viewed through the lens of a shared passion. “This dynamic sports photo-essay will be fun for sports fans and effective for social studies units.”—Booklist

Hubaldo's life as a fifth grader in a barrio in Venezuela centers around his love for the country's most popular sport, its teams, and its players.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy Mann
This story introduces readers to baseball through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy named Hubaldo Romero Paez. Readers learn about the history of baseball and the impact it has on life in Venezuela. We learn about Paez's family, friends, and the many forms of baseball in his country. Combined with Spanish words, this book provides insight into another culture, language, and a love of baseball. Horenstein's full color photos show the every day life of Paez mixed with key historical information about baseball and Venezuelan baseball heroes. The closing section of the book provides Spanish baseball words (with English translation). A study in culture and sport, the book offers a terrific learning experience.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Fifth-grader Hubaldo Romero Pez introduces American Little Leaguers to their Venezuelan counterparts and other players in Henry Horenstein's photo-illustrated Baseball in the Barrios.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6This photo-essay shows the enthusiasm for baseball in the neighborhoods barrios of the cities and towns throughout Venezuela. It focuses on Hubaldo Antonio Romero Pez, a fifth grader from Caracas. The boy talks a little about his school and family, but he mostly explains where and how he plays baseball and the setup of the Venezuelan leagues. He also mentions a few outstanding players from his country, such as Luis Aparicio and Ozzie Guilln, who made it in the North American major leagues. The text is well written and mixes nicely with the bright, full-color photos that are expertly laid out on each page. Baseball terms with pronunciations in Spanish and helpful maps are included. This useful book shows children in the U.S. that baseball is played passionately in other countries. The wonderful pictures perfectly capture Hubaldo and his friends' exuberant love of the game.Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152005047
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 1,413,578
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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