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This Is the Game

by Diane Z. Shore, Owen Smith, Jessica Alexander
     
 

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This is the swish!
as the pitch whizzes by

from the mound to the plate in the blink of an eye.

From its beginning, as a pickup game played in alleyways, to the fan-filled stadiums of the major leagues, baseball has played a rich role in American history.

In this glorious tribute to our nation's favorite pastime, rich verse and

Overview

This is the swish!
as the pitch whizzes by

from the mound to the plate in the blink of an eye.

From its beginning, as a pickup game played in alleyways, to the fan-filled stadiums of the major leagues, baseball has played a rich role in American history.

In this glorious tribute to our nation's favorite pastime, rich verse and vibrant illustrations bring the game of baseball to action-packed life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Paired with the same kind of "House That Jack Built"–style couplets seen in Shore and Alexander's This Is the Dream, Smith's dramatically lit paintings honor baseball's enduring legacy. The title phrase inaugurates lyrical verse about the sport's origins ("This is the pastime, a new kind of game/ called ‘rounders,' then ‘town ball,' until it became/ ‘base ball") and about famed players like Babe Ruth ("This is ‘the Babe,' ‘the Sultan of Swat' "). Grounded in an era that preceded domes and stadium lights, this is a book that's likely to inspire requests for repeat readings from starry-eyed baseball lovers who live for the smell of a glove on a cloudless day. Ages 3–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Stick ball, rounders, and town ball are just some of the early names for the game now known as baseball. A brief history of the sport is presented in verse. The tribute to baseball covers the professional players playing baseball in the stadium and includes children playing the game in the alleys and empty lots. There is a reminder of a time when leagues were segregated and Jackie Robinson initiated a change. The atmosphere on the stands, in the dugout, and out on the field is brought into the view with the illustrations. Smith's illustrations fill the layout with the actions of the sport such as the children playing in the alley under the clothes drying on the line, Babe Ruth taking a swing, or the catch in outfield. Readers may occasionally find that the verses are awkward in reading and do not flow as smoothly as other lines of verse. Since the information is brief, young baseball fans may be inspired to do further research about some of the topics mentioned. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This florid tribute to the Grand Ole Game features singsong rhymes and artful, color-drenched paintings. Most begin "This is..." and go on to laud the bat, grandstand, ballpark, stadium, and so on. Attention is given to baseball's widespread popularity and stickball origins, and a few great players make an appearance: Babe Ruth, Dizzy Dean, and Jackie Robinson, "the Dodger" whose major league debut "helps to make/one single league out of two." This is a well-intentioned effort but the repetitive rhymes feel forced. This uninspired effort fails to distinguish itself from a crowded field of picture-book tributes.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060555221
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,182,472
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander have collaborated on several children's books, including This Is the Dream and This Is the Game. One thing they have learned while cowriting stories is that when people work together, great things can happen. Both authors live with their families in metro Atlanta, Georgia.

Owen Smith's award-winning illustrations have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Time, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker (for which he has created seventeen cover illustrations). His paintings have been exhibited in New York, Rome, Milan, and Los Angeles.

A set of mosaic murals designed by Owen is permanently installed in the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, New York. He teaches illustration at the California College of the Arts. Owen lives with his wife and two sons in Alameda, California.

Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander have collaborated on several children's books, including This Is the Dream and This Is the Game. One thing they have learned while cowriting stories is that when people work together, great things can happen. Both authors live with their families in metro Atlanta, Georgia.

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