Zachary's Ball

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When Zachary's father catches a foul ball at Fenway Park and gives it to him, something really amazing happens — Zachary finds himself on the pitcher's mound, wearing a Red Sox uniform and playing against New York! As long as Zachary has the ball, all his baseball fantasies seem to come true. But can he hold on to its magic?

Dad takes Zachary to his first Boston Red Sox game where they catch a ball and something magical happens.

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Overview

When Zachary's father catches a foul ball at Fenway Park and gives it to him, something really amazing happens — Zachary finds himself on the pitcher's mound, wearing a Red Sox uniform and playing against New York! As long as Zachary has the ball, all his baseball fantasies seem to come true. But can he hold on to its magic?

Dad takes Zachary to his first Boston Red Sox game where they catch a ball and something magical happens.

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Gr 2-4-In this picture-book baseball fantasy, Zachary's father takes him to Fenway Park for his first baseball game. Zachary's dad catches a pop fly hit by Buck Spoonwell, and hands it to the boy. Instantly, Zack is on the mound, pitching for Boston. He strikes the player out and the Sox win the game. When the catcher returns the ball, Zachary is suddenly back in his seat. He tells his father that this baseball is magic and his father replies, "They're all magic." Zachary writes his name on it, and sleeps with it every night. Eventually, the ball disappears. Years later, as an adult, he is walking past Fenway and catches an over-the-wall home run. He thinks he sees his name on it, but then the words disappear. He gives it to a girl in the street and tells her that all baseballs are magic. The soft-focus pencil drawings complement the text well, giving a feeling of the past. This simple, clearly written story is reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express (Houghton, 1995) in terms of its plot, fantasy elements, and overall sense of nostalgia.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763607302
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Tavares baseball books Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

MATT TAVARES says of ZACHARY'S BALL, "In this age of Astro Turf and retractable dome stadiums, I wanted to create a story that portrays baseball in a simple, timeless way — a child going to an old-time ball-park with his fielder's mitt, hoping to catch a foul ball or maybe even see his hero hit a home run."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2002

    Amazing!

    This book shows how magical and exciting a trip to a baseball game can be. The author uses vivid details to show emotion. It is great for younger kids who enjoy baseball; it will brighten their imaginations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2000

    The Magic of Childhood and Baseball

    What a beautiful book! This is a wonderful story about Zachary's experience catching a baseball at Fenway Park in Boston. It captures the innocence of youth, and passes it down to a new generation. The illustrations are finely detailed and quite striking. I would recommend this book for anyone, but especially for baseball lovers, and Fenway fans.

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