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Change-up: Baseball Poems
     

Change-up: Baseball Poems

by Gene Fehler, Donald Wu (Illustrator)
 

Baseball season! For a kid who loves the sport, everything about it is important. Pitching, batting, sliding, winning, losing, Grandpa's knuckleballs, superstitious teammates, cheering spectators—even the infield dust . . . each has a place in the player's life. And all are captured here in Fehler's perceptive, exuberant poetry and Donald Wu's lively

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Baseball season! For a kid who loves the sport, everything about it is important. Pitching, batting, sliding, winning, losing, Grandpa's knuckleballs, superstitious teammates, cheering spectators—even the infield dust . . . each has a place in the player's life. And all are captured here in Fehler's perceptive, exuberant poetry and Donald Wu's lively illustrations. Readers who play baseball will recognize a kindred spirit in the young narrator whose voice is heard in this book and will share his pleasure in every aspect of the game. Sports fans may even discover that they're poetry fans, too.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A home-run gift for a baseball fanatic."—Kirkus Reviews

"With its charming wordplay and humor, this book should win an audience among readers who long for the sun-warmed days of the baseball season all year long."—School Library Journal


"A young player picks out a year's worth of baseball highs and lows. . . . Read alone or aloud, this provides just the ticket for driving out winter doldrums."—Booklist

"With its enticing topic, sympathetic approach, and accessible verse for reading alone or aloud, this will bring youngsters out of the poetry dugout."—The Bulletin

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Starting in winter these poems talk of a baseball fan's love of the game; playing "snow" baseball; a fielder's mitt waiting for the first muddy game of spring; playing catch with Gramps to learn his knuckleball and fastball and slow curve; noticing that the only sound a window makes in a backyard baseball game is CRASH!; to outfielders the baseball field is immense, but to the batter the baseball field is tiny; writing a HOME RUN poem with one's bat; balls getting dropped in real games, but not in winter's baseball dreams; dreaming a nightmare of clown opponents and trampoline hands; having parents share your baseball love; feeling the music of pitching and of hitting the ball; experiencing the breathlessness of waiting to see if a bunt will roll foul; grinning after throwing the perfect change-up; and expressing admiration for Ted, the bench warmer, who is just happy to be on the team. Other poems talk of magical baseball moments and each brings you vividly to the scene. A wonderfully written collection of poems about a wonderful sport that all baseball fans will enjoy. And what a nice way to encourage children to read poetry. The illustrations are cute. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
Kirkus Reviews
Loving baseball is not limited to the actual playing season. There's the long winter filled with anticipation and memories. Then there's the fresh start that comes in the spring, followed by summer games won and lost, heroics and errors and the wonderful tension of a championship autumn. All of these and more are subjects of a cycle of poems that span a baseball year in the life of a young narrator aglow with baseball love. He plays snow baseball in the winter, "warmed by the kind of thoughts / that help me get through February, / the hardest month." He is also thoroughly supported by his family and teammates, all of whom share his joy and love of the game. Fehler's verses are filled with aptly chosen descriptive language that engages all the senses. Some are concrete poems that take the shape of the subject or action. Wu's bright acrylic-and-color pencil illustrations vary in size from small inserts to full-page extravaganzas and beautifully complement the text. A home-run gift for a baseball fanatic. (Poetry. 7-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618719624
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/16/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Gene Fehler is a widely-published and anthologized poet whose work has appeared in children's books, poetry collections, and college textbooks. He is also the author of five books, including two adult nonfiction titles about baseball's golden age. He lives in Seneca, South Carolina.

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