Swinging for the Fences: Hank Aaron and Meby Mike Leonetti, David Kim
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This first book in a series about fictional encounters between children and their sports heroes features home-run legend Hank Aaron. In this gorgeously illustrated picture book, Mark, a young boy who idolizes Aaron, meets his hero and learns that there's more to being a great baseball player than hitting the ball out of the park.
Gr 1-3- A Little Leaguer dreams of being a successful home-run hitter like Hank Aaron as he avidly follows Aaron's pursuit of Babe Ruth's record. Though his coach encourages him to just get on base, young Mark swings wildly and repeatedly lets his team down. After meeting Aaron at the ballpark following a game, Mark follows his hero's advice and learns to be a better team player. This well-intentioned picture-book tribute to Hank Aaron sports attractive acrylic spreads depicting games and indoor scenes and includes a credible amount of biographical detail. Overall, though, it is burdened by a didactic and all-too-familiar story line. Baseball fans will welcome any addition to the small number of books focused on Aaron, one of baseball's true heroes, but young readers seeking a full appreciation of his life and achievements would be better served by Peter Golenbock's Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way (Harcourt, 2001).-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
- Chronicle Books LLC
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- Barnes & Noble
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 15 MB
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- Age Range:
- 7 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Mike Leonetti is the author of numerous books for children, including a very successful series about hockey stars. Mike lives in Woodbridge, Ontario, with his wife, Maria, and their son, David.
David Kim was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is his first children's book. He lives in Los Angeles.
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