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PreSchool-Grade 2-In picture-book format, Gibbons provides the basic facts about two popular sports. Using short, clear sentences, she defines terms, explains the rules, and describes scoring. One line in each book mentions the equipment necessary for each game, but the information is well augmented by clearly labeled, colorful drawings showing additional gear, such as shin guards for soccer players or protective covering for the baseball catcher. Both books contain diagrams of the game fields. However, the words selected for the brief glossaries seem arbitrary; for example, "cleat" is defined in Soccer, but not in Baseball. These informative books will be enjoyed by new players or spectators of older siblings' events.
Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This small square picture-book introduction to our national pastime is accurate but unexciting. Brief information about equipment, clothing, positions, and basic play is conveyed through short, declarative sentences, illustrations, and a concluding one-page glossary. Gibbons focuses on children at play in an open field and emphasizes having fun whether you're a player or a spectator. Her recognizable cartoon illustrations in full color feature both girls and boys, some shaded to represent African-Americans. This complements Margaret Blackstone's livelier book, This is Baseball, which has a briefer text and follows an adult game played at a stadium. Though flatly told, it would probably be perfect for reading to a young child who is about to attend a baseball game for the first time. A companion volume isMy Soccer Book. -- Kirkus Review 4/1/00

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688171370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688171377
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for kids! I bought it to introduce my six year old son to baseball. It covers how the game is actually played, rules of play, and reinforces important baseball terms. At just the right length, this book is perfectly titled - My Baseball Book. Great for any budding, young baseball fan!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"My Baseball Book" by Gail Gibbons provides an introduction to the sport of baseball by describing the equipment, playing field, rules, players, and process of the game. The idea is to explain the basics to young readers (ages 3 to 7), so they will understand not only the markings on a baseball diamond, what baseball players wear, and all the positions, but also get a sense of how games are played and why a home run can be a big thrill. Most of the book is devoted to Gibbons describing a game between the Robins and the Owls, in which young readers get the chance to see hits, walks, runs, and other baseball plays in the context of a game.
Although this is supposed to be an introductory book to the game of baseball the information does get a bit technical at times, which means that an adult or older sibling is going to have to explain this a bit more. For example, at one point it is explained that in addition to being a strike if the batter swings and misses that it is also a strike if the batter does not swing but the ball passes through the "strike zone." There are dotted lines suggesting that the strike zone extends from the batter's armpits to his knees, but nothing to add that the ball also has to be over the plate (until you get to the term "strike" in the glossary in the back of the book). Still, on balance "My Baseball Book" is going to help kids by reinforcing what they are learning out on the field, which is the most important way of learning the game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By My Haven of Life on July 27, 2010
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I bought this for my son's fourth birthday last year. He loves baseball and I thought this would be a book that was both entertaining and educational.
He loved it. We read it everynight for about two weeks and he began to understand what the different positions and rules were.
It is a year later and we still read it occassionally just for the fun of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dresden on May 1, 2014
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This book basically made me feel that I never wanted to purchase another children's book online because you really dont know what you are getting. The words and pictures were way to complex for a 2.5 year old and it was NOT interesting. Way to complicated and uninteresting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cws on August 27, 2012
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got this book for my 4 yr old grandson, who love sports. This book explains the rudiments of the game in story form: just what a 4 yr old wants!!
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I gave this book to a boy, new to baseball, on his 6th birthday. The drawings and explanations of the game are appealing and upbeat. It is appropriate for a child, trying to learn how the game is played and/or beginning to play the game himself or herself. The child gave me feedback a couple of weeks later and it was all positive. He said it really helped him understand the game. He also said it helped him play better. I'm not so sure about that, but it was nice to hear :-).
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MY BASEBALL BOOK
Great beginning reader book.
Great book to read to or with your child, grandchild.
My grandson rec'd this book for his fifth birthday and he will not put it down.
He loves sports and this book has all the basics easily labeled and explains all
about the sport. Would be a great book to give any child starting T-Ball.
(There is a whole set of similar books, I gave him also, my basketball book,
my football book, etc. - all wonderful books.)
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By Martin Gaw on December 23, 2014
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What an excellent way to introduce a young child to baseball. I'm thrilled that my oldest grandson who was two when he received this book has asked for it to be read countless times. This one literally cover all the bases as it informs as well as entertains. I can't wait to begin reading it to my younger grandson ! Thank you
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