A New Kid in School is the fourth in a series of books by The Hometown All Stars for children ages three to seven. Amira, the new kid in school lands in a new hometown after leaving her home country of Syria over a year ago. She is shy and a looks a little scared as the teacher introduces her to class. Amira is rapidly welcomed by Nick and the rest of the All Star team. She adapts quickly to their silly ways. With a little help on Amira’s spelling and math at school, Amira’s mom might be more likely to let her play baseball with the team after school. Her mom was very strict because she had a lot of school days to make up after they were forced out of their old home. The Hometown All Stars learn all about hotdogs, maps, fingers up, fingers down, train tunnels, Willie Mays, #24 and how to catch 3 different types of pop fly balls. True to real life, you have to learn how to hit, run, throw and catch before you play a real game of baseball. Coach ends practice with a little teaser and all the fun that is ahead of them at the next practice titled Pizza Pie Day! Batter up for a great tale - both fact and fantasy - that celebrate the spirit of our national pastime. The Hometown All Stars series helps children learn beginning sports skills with real life coaching techniques, combined with education and most importantly how to have FUN.
About the Author
Kevin Christofora, a father and certified coach, hopes his book series, The Hometown All Stars, will inspire children to play outside more often. He teaches young people about baseball and the habits of a healthy lifestyle in the form of a fun and educational bedtime story. He has been a guest interview on ABC News regarding kids and back to school. He gives regular commentary on ESPN and also interviews around the country with stations such as NPR, 660 News, 89.7 fm. WGLS Rowan Radio, 101.5 fm KVSF fm. The Voice of SanteFe, MIX97.7 fm New York with Mark Bolger and other US radio stations. He also writes about strengthening family time with activities through his personal blog, and in publications across the country including; Fit Pro, Westchester Family, KidzEdge, Boston Parenting, Mom Blog Society, Green Baby Guide, CaliDiet Healthy Living Magazine and several other publications.
Read an Excerpt
When I got to school today, there was a new girl in our class. She was standing with our teacher, Mrs. Mayer. "Class, we have a new student," she said. "Her name is Amira, and she is from Syria. She has come a long way to get here. Make sure you all introduce yourself and make her feel welcome."
Amira sat at the empty desk next to me. She looked a little nervous being in a new school. I think I would be a little nervous, too. Amira had trouble spelling her words and adding her numbers. I asked her if she needed help.
"Yes, I would like help very much, thank you. When I lived in the refugee camp, I didn't have school," she said. I told her it would be okay and that I would help. Then, I changed the subject and asked her if she would to like to play baseball at lunchtime with me. She had a big smile. "Yes, please."
Amira told us how lucky we were to have this much food every day. At her last camp, three kids had to share the same amount of food that we got for lunch.
"Oh, pickles! Yum! In Syria, we made the best pickles ever," she said. Most of us never ate our pickles, because they were green and they looked like rubber. Since Amira liked pickles, we all tried one, and we soon found out that we liked them, too!
After lunch, I asked Amira what a camp is.
"I call it a camp, like when you sleep in the woods with a tent. The real name is a refugee camp. It is where all the families live who have lost their houses, and have nowhere else to go. We all set up our tents for sleeping and called it our campground."
Today went so fast. It was already the end of the day. I ran and gave Amira a map to baseball practice.
Yay, she made it! I was so happy that Amira came to practice. I introduced her to the whole team. I told her it was okay if she didn't remember all our names. "You can just call us by our numbers. We all know our numbers! You can say, 'Good hit, 12,' or 'Good catch, 8!' We'll know who you mean."
"Let's get this practice going!" Coach greeted us with a big smile. "Welcome, Amira! The team has told me all about you. I am so happy you came today."
"They told me all about you, too, sir," Amira replied.
"Please, just call me Coach!" He presented Amira with her jersey. "Today, you can be number 24. That's Willie Mays's number."
Coach got us all together and asked if we liked throwing and pitching from the last practice. "Yes!" we all shouted. We started walking around like windmills. Amira was joining in and laughing.
Excerpted from "Amira Can Catch"
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