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Beautiful illustrations and prose, but not really very interesting for my kids
on June 26, 2013
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.