Trouble on the T-Ball Team

Trouble on the T-Ball Team

by Eve Bunting, Irene Trivas
     
 

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When everyone on Linda's T-ball team starts "losing one" at the oddest times and places, Linda wonders when her big moment will come. This easy-reading mystery keeps readers guessing right up to the very end.

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When everyone on Linda's T-ball team starts "losing one" at the oddest times and places, Linda wonders when her big moment will come. This easy-reading mystery keeps readers guessing right up to the very end.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Everyone on Linda's T-ball team is losing something, and as young readers will soon deduce, that something is a tooth. Poor Linda despairs that she will never lose her first one, but in this baseball setting, no one on the team is left out. The delightful watercolor illustrations of the ballplayers and their families make this book a real treat, and young first and second graders will empathize with Linda's concern.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2This picture book centers around a T-ball team on which everyone has "lost one" except for the narrator. Therein lies the dilemmathe elusive "one" that has been lost. It turns out to be a tooth. To no surprise, a home run (and subsequent fall over a wayward dog) ensures that the narrator becomes one of the gang. This story struggles to be a mystery and fails at being a consolation book for children with their baby teeth intact. The average-quality watercolors do little to further the narrative; at one point, the illustrations even contradict the text with the narrator suddenly switching from playing offense to defense while scoring the winning home run. For a seven-year-old, losing a tooth is a rite of passage. Not losing a tooth can therefore be somewhat traumatic and create a sense of isolation in a child. Marc Brown's Arthur's Tooth (Little, Brown, 1985) addresses this issue more directly. Bunting's title lacks the superior quality usually associated with her books.Christy Norris, Valley Cottage Library, NY
From the Publisher
"Graced by light, comical illustrations, a playful humor, a great backdrop, and a keen sense of a real child's world, this is destined to become a picture-book favorite. Look out, Tooth Fairy—the prolific Bunting scores again." Booklist, ALA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618246175
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"Graced by light, comical illustrations, a playful humor, a great backdrop, and a keen sense of a real child's world, this is destined to become a picture-book favorite. Look out, Tooth Fairy—the prolific Bunting scores again." Booklist, ALA

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

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