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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

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"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)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141695502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416955023
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born (Oct 30,1949) and raised in Cincinnati, I have lived in Ohio my entire life except for two years in Massachusetts right after I was married. Growing up in an old house on a steep street, I attended a small elementary school called Lotspeich. There, all the marvelous shelves of books in the library shaped me into a lifelong reader. So it is a thrill for me to know that some of my books are being read by children in other libraries all over the country.

Before I became a full-time writer and speaker, I taught preschoolers and first graders and was even a part-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati.

Today, it is hard for me to separate my writing from the way I live my life. My own family, personal experiences, and friendships, as well as a love of history and travel, have rich and lasting connections to the books I write. The first impulse to write a book is always triggered by something that has touched me indelibly.

In addition to my writing, my work in schools allows me to travel the incredible variety of landscape in Ohio, and meet the heart of its people. I have spoken in over 400 schools across the country, but mostly in Ohio. Because of this, I now have lifelong friends in communities from mighty Cleveland to small-town Greenville.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carol taylor on March 23, 2014
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I ordered 3 of these for my grandchildren, since they are avid baseball players and maybe future stars. This explains to them how baseball started and how it is the "great American Game".
It is beautifully and thoughtfully written and the illustrations are magnificent, especially the pull out pages in the back.
We loved the book and I learned a lot by reading it ahead of time and then rereading it to them.
Carol Taylor
Leesburg
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No one writes history like a story like Louise Borden. This beautiful book is for kids and adults of all ages.
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