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Make-Believe Ball Player Paperback

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064404250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064404259
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-- Henry Smith, a lonely nine year old, pretends to be a natural at both playing sports and winning. When faced with burglars in his house, he uses his brains and imagination to scare them off. Because of his heroics, "Smitty" finds himself the focus of the media in an actual softball game. Once again his quick thinking and imagination help him out. Slote's fast-paced plot featuring a likable protagonist make for an entertaining sports story. Henry, with all of his strengths and weaknesses, comes alive through interaction with his unusual family, his new friends, and his coach. The story breezes along with plenty of dialogue and lively descriptive passages. It should be a hit with young readers. --Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alfred Slote is the author of over thirty books, most of them for young people. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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By A Customer on May 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was very good. The reason I choose to read this wasbecause I read another book by Alfred Slote called "Finding BuckMcHenry" (which I highly recommend). This is about a 10 year old boy who is very clumsy but loves to play baseball. That is make believe baseball! It is a very good book and has a cute and happy ending I recommend it to ANYBODY!
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Format: Paperback
This book reminded me of my youth. Henry is a clumsy, nearsighted ten-year old boy who plays imaginary baseball games, making spectacular plays on the baseball field. Enamored with baseball when I was young, I did the same thing. For hours, I would take a baseball bat and murder the pitches of Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson and Denny McClain.
When Henry gets into a game in order to avoid a forfeit, his attention wanders and he gets hit on the head by a batted ball. Forced to leave the game, he is taken home where he never wants to set foot on a real diamond again. However, Henry thwarts an attempted robbery at his house and is acclaimed a community hero. This puts him on the spot where he has to play and while he does not dazzle on the diamond, he uses his talent for voices to fool a base runner. After these successes, Henry tries out for the play and is an immediate hit. While he never reaches the point where he will play outstanding baseball, he does acquire the confidence to continue to play.
This is a story for the imaginative child rather than the physical child. Imagination is one of the most powerful weapons in the human arsenal. Properly channeled it helps us do great things. That is a message that all children should learn and adults should keep in mind.
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