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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Sports Alphabet
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; First Edition edition (March 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585362190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585362196
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1-4–In keeping with the established format of this series, Herzog provides a baseball-related term for each letter of the alphabet. Each page contains the letter in upper- and lowercase as well as an alliterative verse that often makes reading aloud a challenge. The accompanying sidebars, set in a smaller font, provide additional facts for advanced enthusiasts, possibly ESL students–it is difficult to determine the audience for this mixed format. Tricky letters such as U, W, X, and Z are incorporated within the theme more effortlessly than perhaps the Q: "Q is when a base runner/moves at a quick pace./Quietly, he has a quest—/stealing second base." Dramatic, action-packed paintings done from a variety of perspectives capture the energy, personalities, and excitement of the game. Supplemental.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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About the Author

Brad Herzog's first job as a newspaper sports reporter allowed him to travel with the Cornell University football team. He has been writing about the game ever since. A past Grand Gold Medal Award winner from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Brad has written more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction children's books. Brad lives with his family on California's Monterey Peninsula.

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ABOUT BRAD HERZOG

Brad Herzog is the author of more than three-dozen books for children and five titles for adults, including MY MANTELPIECE, the co-authored memoirs of late civil rights icon Carolyn Goodman (with a foreword by Maya Angelou). He has written three critically acclaimed travel memoirs about his travels through small-town America--TURN LEFT AT THE TROJAN HORSE, SMALL WORLD, and STATES OF MIND, which reached #2 on the Amazon.com bestseller list.

Brad's five-book nonfiction series for Free Spirit Publishing celebrates inspiring true sports stories reflecting five character attributes--sportsmanship, perseverance, teamwork, generosity, and courage. His series of children's alphabet books for Sleeping Bear Press include G IS FOR GOLD MEDAL, H IS FOR HOME RUN, and S IS FOR SAVE THE PLANET, which was a finalist in the National "Best Books 2009" Awards and won a Mom's Choice Award.

As a freelance magazine writer, Brad has been honored several times by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including a Grand Gold Medal for best feature article of the year. He has been interviewed on "The Today Show" and "Oprah" and has been profiled in publications ranging from People magazine to Reader's Digest. Brad (www.bradherzog.com) lives in California with his wife and two sons.

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My 3 and 6 year old boys love it!
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This is a book that uses alliteration to teach the alphabet, baseball style.
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He absolutely loves baseball and loves this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on April 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When I was recently looking for a book for a very young baseball hopeful, I came across H IS FOR HOME RUN. The book is more than an "alphabet book." It not only has an appropriate baseball term or tidbit of baseball for each letter, it also has an informative bit of baseball information. The text is well written and the illustrations are marvelous. It is the perfect book for any young slugger, but I can also see it being helpful for baseball illiterates like me-people who pretends to know something about the sport but are to embarrassed to ask.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. Byers on June 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I've become something of a collector of children's baseball books since my son was born four years ago. I really shouldn't be, and books like "H is for Home Run," are the reasons why.

This book does a nice job of explaining some of the fundamentals of the game to children of all ages. It does a much better job than the DK baseball books that have pictures licensed by MLB that deliver facts and pictures, but not interesting stories.

To me, one of the best parts of the book is the structure. Each letter of the alphabet is given one page that includes an interesting illustration and one short, typically four line poem: "B is for the best--Babe Ruth, the New York Yankee great who batted balls toward bleachers at a then-unheard-of rate." These little ditties roll off your tongue smoothly--perfect for my two-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. They even finish some of the sentences for me.

Each page also includes two to three meaty paragraphs with a bit more substance more suitable for older kids and grown ups. Continuing with the letter "B," the authors share some of the Babe's jaw-dropping stats in the first paragraph, then serve up more detailed info about balls, bats and bases in the second paragraph, "Major leaguers generally prefer bats measuring 33 to 35 inches long. The longest bats allowed are 42 inches in the major leagues and 33 inches in Little League."

The structure actually creates two books in one. A baseball poetry book fit to be read while putting a toddler to bed. And a baseball history book interesting enough for the grownup to read after their child has nodded off to sleep.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ReadingTub Reviews on June 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
With this book, you not only stroll through the alphabet, you also learn lots about baseball: history, technique, and players. This is a book that uses alliteration to teach the alphabet, baseball style. I am in awe that someone could pull together an A to Z for baseball. The poetry is good, but not nearly as awesome as the illustrations and the baseball history. There is great longevity for this book. Younger readers will enjoy the alliteration, older readers and parents will enjoy the more detailed descriptions of the game provided in sidebars. Aside from having fun learning the alphabet, you can share America's past time with your kids.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Writer Brad Herzog and illustrator Melanie Rose, who brought you "K is for Kick: A Soccer Alphabet," now bring you "H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet." This is not a simple alphabet book, by which I mean that they do more than say "A is for the all-stars." The accompanying text points out that A also stands for Abner Doubleday (who had nothing to do with the invention of baseball), Alexander Cartwright (who did), the All-Star game where the all-stars play, and Hank Aaron. Even more impressive is that in the painting for "A" the player shown signing baseballs for the fans is apparently Amos Otis. That is paying attention to details.

As you go from A to Z in this baseball alphabet there are all sorts of details about the game of baseball and the great players who have played it over the years. So look for Babe Ruth, a grand slam clearing the Green Monster, Jackie Robinson, and Wrigley Field. Young readers will also find out about not only opening day and outs, but Sadaharu Oh, along with stickball and T-ball. As for all those "Z" for zeroes, they add up to a perfect game, which is a nice touch as well. There is also a love of alliteration, so that "C is for clutch cleanup hitters who crush a curveball--CRACK!--and tip their caps for curtain calls, the crowd calling them back." So there is a lot covered here in a fairly informal way that will teach young readers about the game.

In the end, "H is for Home Run" is more than a baseball alphabet, since it is not going to be teaching those who read it their A-B-Cs. But in a time when the major topic in baseball is steroids reading this book is rather soothing and can help reassociate the game with its former charm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By My Haven of Life on July 27, 2010
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I bought this book about a year ago for my son's fourth birthday. He absolutely loves baseball and loves this book. We still read this book from time to time and he loves the pitctures and little stories of Base Ruth, Lou Gherig and others.
We've bought a few baseball books for my son over the last year and this is his favorite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lilhyperfingers on September 16, 2009
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This is an excellent book, and it is more educational than I thought it would be.

On each page, is a different letter of the alphabet (from A to Z), and it goes with a baseball related word and they put it into a nice little rhyme of a few lines. On the side of the page, there is a great paragraph detailing the subject, and other topics related.

So, you basically have two choices to get through the book. On nights we are tired and just want a short story, I just go through with the simple rhymes and letters. On other nights, or during the day, it's fun to get more of an education and read the details on the side. Even the parents can learn things from this book!
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