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Baseball Hour Hardcover – February 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761453806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761453802
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—As in Karate Hour (2004) and Building with Dad (2006, both Marshall Cavendish), the minutia of a specific period in time is brought to eye-popping life. Nevius's rhyming text chronicles a baseball practice session. The warm-up and drills are overpowered by Thomson's unbelievably photorealistic illustrations. While the story is of a team's effort to come together, the up-close, sometimes off-kilter images serve to capture specific moments for the participants, as if the artist took a camera and shot off one snapshot after another. The action is implied by the amazing detail, such as the stretch of a wrinkled pant leg as a runner reaches out to tag a base, or the determined purse of a young batter's lips as he swings his bat. Moments are truly frozen in this book. The effect is an odd combination of sterility and drama. Readers will not learn anything new about baseball in terms of rules, history, or technique, but they will see young athletes who are squeezing every second out of their baseball hour.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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From Booklist

This visually impressive picture book follows a multicultural group of boys and girls through their team’s baseball practice. They do warm-up exercises; practice throwing, batting, fielding, pitching, and catching; play a game; and end with their hands together, forming “a wheel of friends.” The last page shows them happily holding trophies, an odd conclusion to a practice session. The rhyming, rhythmic text works well enough, but as in Nevius and Thomson’s Karate Hour (2004), the photorealistic artwork, which a note describes as “rendered in mixed media,” steals the show. Technically impressive, the black, white, and sepia illustrations capture form, details, action, and gesture well, though there’s an element of idealism underlying the vision that makes the banter and informality of a kid’s baseball practice seem out of place here. Still, an eye-catching picture book for nonfiction collections. Grades 1-3. --Carolyn Phelan

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The book at hand could definitely inspire determination and teamwork.
Ellybean
This is a delightful book - large and beautiful and the illustrations are wonderful - black and white but very realistic and also artistic.
Patricia
Baseball Hour is the perfect book for him but it is really fun for me too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beccaboney VINE VOICE on June 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I saw this at the library and couldn't put it down. My oldest boy plays coach-pitched baseball and when he saw the cover of this book it caught his eye too. So I thumbed through it and took it home (can't read books at the library with 3 young kids.)

When we finally got around to reading it that night I couldn't get over how beautiful the illustrations were. SO realistic. So for me, the book was already wonderful. But then I started reading the words.... and that's when I realized how wonderful this book really is. It's all about how kids go to practice t-ball/baseball and work with a coach who encourages them, how fun the game is, having games, and how nice it is to be part of a team. Not the winning and losing aspect of the game that is so focused on at major league games, but the pure fun and enjoyment of the game from the perspective of a young child. And it rhymes too, so the kids are pretty focused on the words AND the illustrations.

Absolutely I would give this book more stars if I could. It's the perfect book for the t-baller in your life, and for any young child playing baseball. Would make a great gift too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2013
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Carol Nevius' "Baseball Hour" is made even more special through Bill Thomason's exquisite illustrations. The simple poem making up the story celebrates physical activity - baseball/t-ball - having fun, and teamwork. The coach's encouragement and the emphasis on the game rather than winning or losing is refreshing.

"Baseball Hour" is an excellent, easy bedtime read for toddlers, and one beginning readers may want to read to the adults in their life. Adults will be entranced by the detailed, sepia illustrations; children may prefer more colorful pictures. "Baseball Hour" deserves five stars for the artwork alone.
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Baseball Hour is a beautifully produced picture book for children which talks in rhyming prose about a team getting ready for "baseball hour". They warmup, stretch, get their gloves, play the game, and extol the benefits of teamwork. The artwork has a surreal, almost photo-like quality to it. The faces of the children are expressive and realistic. The team is multi-gender and multi-cultural, encouraging all kids to play together. However, as another reviewer noted, the prose itself is rather simplistic for a topic that is hard for younger children to understand. My three year old didn't take to the black and white pictures of ball players, and my 7 year old didn't like the short rhyming prose. For example, here are 6 pages of the book (3 of text and 3 images):

"The batter slams a power hit
soaring past the shortstop's mitt."

"Catch that pop-up...throw it in."

"Tag the runner.... Out! We win!"

So not much meat to the book. When your kid is 7 and starts to be interested in baseball, this book doesn't say much. When they are younger, the book looks a little too mature to be interesting. I hate to give such a beautiful book 3 stars, but I really don't know who to recommend it to, hence 3 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leah Chang VINE VOICE on June 29, 2013
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With rhyming text by middle school language arts teacher Carol Nevius, illustrations by art professor Bill Thomson, Baseball Hour at once presents as a retro-style view of a favorite summer pastime, and affirmation of what's gradually happening in little league and youth teams across the country that now include girl players. Only endpapers, title text, and stitching on the baseballs that appear throughout the hard-bound book are red; everything else is photographic-tinged sepias, black and light olive (though admittedly, I don't know how the illustrator would describe those colors.)

The simple rhymed narrative courses through a warmup and practice session, concluding in a declaration of how teamwork makes it all possible. Bill Thomson's detailed drawings are extraordinary; angles, zoom-ins, and zoom-outs of practice field and players views truly are inspired and masterful.

Baseball Hour is basic coffee-table book size, and only 32 pages, so you can read it quickly to your kid, or let them read it themselves; I'm sure an interested preschooler could memorize it after a couple of hearings. This book also would be a wonderful gift for any adult who loves baseball! I'll be excited to check out the other books Nevius and Thomson have crafted together.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bada on June 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If I am remembering my Sartre right, there is a scene in Nausea during which the protagonist experiences the full reality of a tree and cannot bear it; the full detail and complexity of an unmediated existential encounter is overwhelming to his senses.
Seeing the meticulous illustrations in Baseball Hour reminds me of that scene. Baseballs with seams you can count and heads with every hair distinct implore the reader to experience things at a level of detail our senses usually gloss over.
A thoughtful adult reader is more likely to leave this book with a vow to more closely observe reality than any new insights into baseball. The target audience (3-10 year olds) however, is unlikely to experience observational shock and instead will simply be delighted to see these beautiful children joyfully playing their favorite sport. Highly recommended.
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