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Balls! Round 2 (Darby Creek Publishing) Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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Grade 4–6—Humorist Rosen offers a lighthearted look at a variety of balls, covering their production and history, and how they're used in sports. This is a stand-alone sequel to Balls! (Darby Creek, 2006), which featured basketballs and soccer balls among others. This time, the author highlights balls used in baseball, softball, bowling, bocce, croquet, shot put, billiards, and lacrosse. Each sport receives a brief introduction (apparently, bocce "is the third-most-played sport in the world"), complemented by color photographs, cartoons, and graphics. There's an emphasis on fun science, with simple puzzles and experiments (such as stir-fried marbles). Throughout, Rosen serves up a feast of whimsical trivia and wordplay, and he rounds out this collection with sections on marbles and extreme goofballs. Covering a miscellany of fun facts from the lifespan of a major league baseball to the definition of a "mibster," this well-crafted collection should appeal to browsers and sports fans.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1130L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581960662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581960662
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greetings and thanks for welcoming me into your home. Since I write books for both young readers and adults, I've cooked up two long-winded paragraphs.

Kids first: So, I'm the author of some five dozen books for children of all ages. New titles including THE FOREVER FLOWERS; MY DOG! A Kid's Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Dog (the ideal go-to dog guide for families); a pop-up book with Robert Sabuda, CHANUKAH LIGHTS, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award; and three books of haiku on dogs, birds, and THE MAINE COON'S HAIKU and Other Poems for Cat Lovers.
For over 35 years, ever since working as a counselor, water-safety instructor, and art teacher at local community centers, I've been engaged with young children, their parents and teachers. As a visiting author, in-service speaker, and workshop leader, I frequently travel to schools and conferences around the nation, sharing stories, poems, creativity, and humor.

Several of my books here show my work as editor/anthologist or illustrator. It has been my privilege to have enlisted hundreds of other authors and artists to create 15 philanthropic books that aid in the fight to end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength's national efforts, or that offer care to less fortunate companion animals through The Company of Animals Fund, a granting program I administered for a dozen years.

Now, for adults. I can start by saying I'm a poet. I went to Columbia from 1979-1981, and received my MFA there. Poems are now collected in three volumes, which are all featured here at Amazon. Moving home to Ohio, I worked as an illustrator (while in NYC, I began selling spot illustrations to The New Yorker and Gourmet magazines); one of my first real clients was The Thurber House, the soon-to-be-restored home of Columbus's native son, James Thurber. For almost twenty years, I helped to restore the home, develop the programs there, and edit much of Thurber's uncollected work. (Those volumes are also featured here.) It was there, I began to edit short story anthologies, commission great writers to contribute to books about dogs, horses, and even VW Beetles. That's also where I started Mirth of a Nation, a three-volume humor biennial that constitutes almost 2,000 pages of the best contemporary humor.

Otherwise, my Website has a good deal about my life on the 100-acre farm I share in Central Ohio. Thanks again for reading along with me.

for lots more about MY DOG!, including recipes, training tips, cool projects, games, and so forth:

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My 15-month-old grandson is obsessed with sports equipment, so looking through this book has been a great way to get him to sit down and learn how to handle books. Hopefully someday he'll appreciate all the information that Mr. Rosen has included. If you can find a reasonably priced version of the original Balls!, I'd recommend that too.
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This is written for children much older than the recipient; I'll save it for a few years. It is very detailed and descriptive; anything one could possibly imagine. An excellent book which I will give in a few years.
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By L. L. Luther on March 12, 2010
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This book interested not only the kids but many curious adults as well. fun book.
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