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VINE VOICEon June 17, 2010
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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This book succeeds in immersing the reader in an environment where children are engaged in baseball practice.

The rhythmic words are mostly statements about different aspects of this practice, averaging about one sentence per page. Though they do not offer a story in a conventional sense, they do their job in enhancing the effect of the AMAZING illustrations.

These mainly monochromatic, photo-like images are powerful. They deserve their place as the obvious focus of this book. The reader actually feels like he/she is viewing the action up-close. The perspectives are exciting and inspire the imagination.

There's no one main character, which is consistent with the book's emphasis on teamwork. However, I was somewhat confused when the children went from practicing skills to playing an actual game. There was no real transition (like an illustration of the children forming two lines, dividing the team), so this fact wasn't made clear to me. I had to read the inside jacket to confirm that the team did split up to form two smaller teams. The divided teams then played a practice game.

Baseball Hour does manage to capture the excitement, determination, concentration and hard work involved in youth baseball. This book includes a variety of children. Boys and girls from different ethnicities are being represented in a positive way. Both a man and a woman are coaching on the field. No one is left out, here.

Love of people + love of baseball = Baseball Hour
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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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VINE VOICEon July 5, 2013
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Those with a love of the game will most assuredly appreciate Baseball Hour. This book captures what a day at baseball practice probably looks like for most children in little league. Whether boy or girl interested in the game or those whom already play, either would probably enjoy the tone set. The book at hand could definitely inspire determination and teamwork. I really liked that there is a variety of races and children of both sexes on the team displayed. Too often, I see only baseball and other sports booked geared primarily to boys.

I'll point out that the story inside seems much more like a short poem. It's written very well in a rhyming way and captures everything that would be happening during a practice. Players in the book are seen warming up, catching the ball, running, swinging, throwing, sliding, and working together as a team! I think this book would be great read a loud and would be a perfect book for beginning readers that also love baseball. I even believe children would easily begin to memorize the book after a few reads.

The illustrations in this book are excellently done and almost life like. The colors used are sepia yet with a hint black and white as well as red. The detail is well put such as those of the bases, field, and baseball gear of bats, balls, cleats, and mitts. The illustrator also completely captures the emotions that are most certainly seen by children during practice such as the looks of concentration, excitement, joy, and more!

Baseball Hour makes for a most desirable picture book to add to any collection whether for a child or for an adult.
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VINE VOICEon 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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on July 1, 2013
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Baseball Hour is an adorable poem about children at baseball practice. They run and stretch, practice fielding and batting. The children split up into two teams and have a little scrimmage. When the game is over, they all come in and put their hands together for a cheer. The last page says they improve their skills with every baseball hour that they practice and the players are holding trophies to prove it.

The book has a cute rhyming verse on every page and the whole poem summarizes teamwork and good sportsmanship along with how much fun the children have while playing. One of the best parts of this book is the amazing illustrations. They are so detailed and realistic that they almost look like photographs colored with a sepia tone. The drawings really show the joy and concentration on the players' faces. I'd recommend this book to any young baseball player or fan.
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"Baseball Hour" by Carol Nevius is perfect for young new readers (between kindergarten and 2nd grade). Beautifully illustrated (by Bill Thomson), the story is short and easy to read. It's perfect for bedtime, or simply sharpening young reading skills. The rhyming makes it fun. The story chronicles an average day at a little league ball field: practicing, warm-ups, the game. Cemented in the story are lessons of team work, friendship and listening (to your coach). If you have a young child (boy or girl) who have a love for the game and an interest in reading, they will enjoy it.

I give this story 5 stars...the illustrations themselves are worth that.
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VINE VOICEon June 29, 2013
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What originally attracted me to this book was the amazing cover and I could only assume the rest of the illustrations would be just as lovely. Bill Thomson's illustrations look like some otherworldly artsy photography, vibrant and full of life even in black and white. The various angles of the baseball field and the young players make each picture worth a look and add plenty of dimension. But I did not expect such a fun little story. The rhymes are simple but catchy and flow well, making this a delightful read-aloud.
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VINE VOICEon June 28, 2013
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Like the cover zoomed in on the ball, the scale of the pictures is captivating. The baseball bat looks like the chase of a cannon. The pictures have a bright black and white illustration feel. They almost make everyday play like a cosmic activity.
'In the cage, bat every ball
until the coach has thrown them all'
Theres all the motivation right there to play till the end for any activity the kids take up. The attitude that makes practice fun and develops skills.
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