K-Gr 2 Giff scores again in writing an honest, funny, and understanding story about Ronald Morgan. Ronald is an awkward but enthusiastic baseball beginner who is grateful to be on the team. He has a generous team spirit, and he tries hard to be a good player. Initially discouraged because he cannot hit the ball, Ronald eventually discovers his error (he keeps his eyes shut when he swings at the ball) and he starts to improve. Giff has the marvelous gift of encouraging and comforting children when they are faced with small but important personal challenges, and she shows them developing into capable kids. Her gentle humor is pervasive and her honesty consistent both in dialogue and text. The colorful, expressive illustrations are a bright asset. A sure spring selection. Barbara Peklo Serling, Oneida City Schools, N.Y.