Beans Baker's Best Shot (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book)


When Beans hurts his leg in soccer practice right before the big championship game, his best friend Chester thinks it’s all his fault! Beans may not be able to play in the game, but he can still play an important role on the team when he cheers up—and cheers on—Chester.

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When Beans hurts his leg in soccer practice right before the big championship game, his best friend Chester thinks it’s all his fault! Beans may not be able to play in the game, but he can still play an important role on the team when he cheers up—and cheers on—Chester.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Soccer lovers will find this early reader to their liking. Beans and his friend, Chester, are the team's stars. Nevertheless, Beans gets injured in a collision with Chester during a Wildcat practice and is consumed with guilt. Beans, as it turns out, harbors no ill will and wants his buddy to sign his cast and get out there on the field to help the team win the championship. Since this story has a happy ending, we know the team will win and the boys will continue to be friends in spite of the accident. The art is done in a contemporary cartoon style, which should make kids who watch television feel quite comfortable with this early reader. This is a Level 3 book in the "Step into Reading" series for kids who are reading on their own.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Thanks to great teamwork, Beans and his friend Chester have led the Wildcats to the soccer championship play-off. But during practice, the boys collide, and Beans is left with a broken foot. Chester feels terrible, and the other players make him feel worse. He hides during the big game, but the coach has an idea that may bring the boy back to play, and Beans knows where to find his friend. This simply written book introduces several weighty themes: blame, guilt and forgiveness, friendship, and teamwork. The winning pass is made by a girl (one of several on the team), which broadens the appeal of the story. Cartoon illustrations add a little humor. The story is straightforward and will satisfy students who are beginning to read independently. There is enough substance for a first book report or a discussion of the social themes that are introduced.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375828393
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Series: Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 254,220
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Torrey is an author, artist, and editorial cartoonist. as well as the creator of a top-selling line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings Inc.

He has written and illustrated 14 books, including his latest, ALLY-SAURUS AND THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (Sterling), as well as the three book series: ALMOST, WHY?, and BECAUSE, for HarperCollins Publishers. He has also illustrated dozens of books for Simon & Schuster, Golden Books, McGraw-Hill, and Scholastic.

The son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Bill Torrey, Richard lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and two children.

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