Nick Plays Baseball

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The championship game is coming up soon, and Nick can't wait to pitch for his team, the Rockets. Come watch Nick at practice and learn all about equipment, drills, and positions. Listen to Coach Brian's tips and his advice on good sportsmanship and being a team player. Then, grab the best seats and root for the Rockets in the championship game!

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Overview

The championship game is coming up soon, and Nick can't wait to pitch for his team, the Rockets. Come watch Nick at practice and learn all about equipment, drills, and positions. Listen to Coach Brian's tips and his advice on good sportsmanship and being a team player. Then, grab the best seats and root for the Rockets in the championship game!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
HIsadora (Sophie Skates) heads for the baseball diamond in her latest exploration of sports. Neatly sandwiching nonfiction nuggets into a story about a boy named Nick, his teammates on the Rockets (girls as well as boys) and a championship game, Isadora serves up a lively and informative pastiche. While Nick and his friend Ben warm up for the big game, for instance, captioned spot art shows and identifies the various components of their uniforms; on the facing page, a host of other equipment, from batting helmet to catcher's gear, comes in for the same treatment. As she chronicles the championship game and its triumphant conclusion for the Rockets, Isadora scrutinizes everything from skills and drills to scoring, practice techniques, "Rules to Abide By" ("Never argue with the umpire"), the various positions and "Coach Brian's Tips" (when you slide, "try to keep your foot up to avoid injury"). For all the ground the author covers, her presentation is simple and carefully pared down, keenly attuned to a picture book audience. Watercolor illustrations are precise in their portrayal of the game and its players as they stretch, run, swing, throw and catch, capturing both Nick and his teammates' enthusiasm as well as their athleticism. Just the ticket for aspiring sluggers. Ages 5-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
When he goes to baseball practice, Nick and his teammates warm up, work on batting and pitching drills, and listen to their coach's advice to prepare for their upcoming championship game. Realistic watercolor paintings show the members of this culturally diverse team as they work on their skills, and depict in detail the equipment necessary for baseball. Their championship game takes place in a sunny summer field, and each member's position is labeled for the reader;as the game progresses, the rules and techniques are outlined. Isadora gives the novice baseball player a well-rounded look at what it means to be on a baseball team. However, since the aim of the book is primarily to teach readers the basics of baseball, those looking for a compelling story might be disappointed in this book. Still, young children participating in baseball for the first time (and their coaches) will find this of interest. 2001, G.P. Putnam, $15.99. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer:Cherri Jones
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The book intersperses a story about a boy playing baseball with explanations about the sport. The coach opens the practice session with drills, and the text and illustrations explain how players warm up and practice batting and pitching. On the day of the championship game, Nick unpacks his bag at the field. Baseball equipment is then illustrated and explained. The game begins and an illustration of the diamond shows the nine positions. In the end, Nick's team wins and learns how to line up and shake hands with the opponents. Although some readers may enjoy learning about baseball in the context of a story, the combination of narrative and expository text is not completely successful. The story line is quite thin and, because it is interrupted with informational content, has little dramatic effect. The appealing watercolor illustrations depict a multicultural group of boys and girls and are effective in conveying movement and action. The book would be best for beginning baseball players who are more interested in the sport than a story.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Nick and his teammates on the Little League Rockets prepare for a big game. They drill and practice fundamental skills under the direction of their coach, who also reminds them to enjoy themselves. Nick loves baseball so much that he practices at home, plays extra games with the kids in the neighborhood, and dreams of becoming a professional ballplayer. Isadora, continuing in the pattern of earlier books (Lili at Ballet, 1993, etc.), conveys both the discipline and joy of baseball in a fine mix of information and story. The basic rules, equipment, positions, and skills are well defined and explained, while the story provides the action. The layout of the text, in which the story is told in bold, black type and the information in light, gray type, effectively distinguishes between the two elements. Bright watercolor illustrations are carefully crafted to portray the motion of the game. A touch of humor appears in the form of additional tips from the coach, including a warning not to pick flowers in the outfield. A gentle introduction to the National Pastime. (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698119895
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 450,354
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 10.41 (h) x 0.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Isadora began dancing at the age of eight. She trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and has danced professionally. Rachel lives in New York City with her family.

Rachel Isadora has illustrated many books set in the world of dance and theater, including Opening Night, My Ballet Class, Swan Lake, The Little Match Girl, and Ben's Trumpet, which received the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Rachel Isadora began dancing at the age of eight. She trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and has danced professionally. Rachel lives in New York City with her family.

Rachel Isadora has illustrated many books set in the world of dance and theater, including Opening Night, My Ballet Class, Swan Lake, The Little Match Girl, and Ben's Trumpet, which received the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    A simply great book for boys that love baseball

    An enjoyable, easy-to-read book for boys about the game of baseball. Really loved all the tips and rules placed throughout the book too. Would recommend to young boys who like the game and are interested in starting to play on a team. Well-written.

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