Let's Play Baseball! (Super Sturdy Picture Books)

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Hey! Let's PLAY!
It's me . . . your BASEBALL.
Whaddya say?

When a restless baseball pleads with a young boy to take him out to play, the concept of "fly ball" takes on a whole new ...

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Overview

Picture books at a great price with extra-durable boards and rounded card-stock pages - super strudy but with a grown-up feel. Perfect for emerging readers!

Hey! Let's PLAY!
It's me . . . your BASEBALL.
Whaddya say?

When a restless baseball pleads with a young boy to take him out to play, the concept of "fly ball" takes on a whole new meaning! An out-of-this world tale of a boy and his boisterous baseball is sure to have little ones hankering to get into the game.

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Publishers Weekly
Another paper-over-board Super Sturdy Picture Book arrives just in time for America's favorite pastime's season, Let's Play Baseball! by Charles R. Smith Jr., illus. by Terry Widener. The red-stitched sphere narrates, pleading with a lad clad in cap and glove to take it out for a game, and imagining being hit "past the stars... [with a] zip, dip, and twist around Mars." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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A young boy's baseball is calling to him, "It's me . . . your baseball. Whaddya say?" The scenes that follow show the boy walking along the sidewalk tossing his baseball with an oversized mitt. Then he rounds up a group of friends for some warm ups—catching, pitching and hitting—until he blasts a really big one into the blue sky. He hits the ball so far it takes a trip around Mars! The ending seems a bit ambiguous: Did this fellow really go out and play with his friends or was all of this imagined? It may not matter to kids who will just enjoy the possibility of getting outside for a pick up game. The illustrator has included girls in the play, which send a very positive message. Part of the "Super Sturdy Picture Book" series. 2006, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 to 5.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A baseball entreats a little boy to play with him, suggesting all the fun they can have together throwing, catching, and hitting. Friends will come running for the chance to play, too. "Hear me CRACK off the bat!/See me FLY through the sky." The promised enjoyment comes with one simple requirement: "could you PLE-E-EASE TAKE ME OUT OF THIS GLOVE?" The simple text reads smoothly, although some of the rhymes are forced. The acrylic illustrations are colorful and inviting. Overall, this is a pleasant package for baseball fans just starting to read on their own.-Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763616465
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2006
  • Series: Super Sturdy Picture Books
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES R. SMITH JR. says that while growing up, he spent many hours reading anything he could get his hands on. "Reading books filled with stories and poems inspired me to write my own," he says. Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of the Super Sturdy Picture Book LET'S PLAY BASKETBALL! and the rap-inspired HOOP QUEENS and HOOP KINGS, as well as the author-illustrator of the American Library Association Notable Book RIMSHOTS: BASKETBALL PIX, ROLLS, AND RHYTHMS.

TERRY WIDENER worked for several years as a graphic designer and another fourteen years as a commercial artist before illustrating his first children's book. Since then he has illustrated many picture books, including the Super Sturdy Picture Book LET'S PLAY BASKETBALL! He is also the illustrator of THE BABE AND I and LOU GEHRIG: THE LUCKIEST MAN, both by David A. Adler.

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