From School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—This picture-book tribute salutes our national pastime, whose "stories are stitched through our nation's history." Borden enumerates the elements of the game, including ballparks and fans, plays and players, in crisp verses paired with Colón's textured and lively drawings: "Baseball is the fastball, the curveball, the knuckleball, the slider, the crack of the bat…." A fold-out page gives special attention to Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Roberto Clemente. The author also mentions the "long ago" Negro leagues and the women's league; and notes baseball's ability to bring diverse people together. Emphasis is placed on patriotic elements, such as the playing of the national anthem and the American flag flying above the stands "like a familiar friend." Throughout, Colón's expressive art, rendered in colored pencil and watercolors, enlivens the sometimes static, message-laden narrative. This is a beautiful, well-crafted, and oversize text that will be welcomed and embraced by fans of the game.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
"This is a beautiful, well-crafted text that will be welcomed and embraced by fans of the game."
(School Library Journal
"Verse rises well above the quotidian with a genuine flash of poetic power hitting...Colón highlights players, sportscasters, teams, and stadiums from across the country and over time, inviting young fans to search for their favorites and vie with their peers for the title of baseball cognoscente....it may just help some kids keep their spirits up until opening day." (BCCB
*"Love of our national game shines in every word and picture. A grand slam." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"More than a decade after America Is..., Borden returns with a rosy tribute to the national pastime... It’s a warm and passionate ode to the game, whether it’s being played in stadiums or backyards." (Publishers Weekly