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
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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 4/1/00See all Editorial Reviews
Simple images, a little over worded for the age intended. Big baseball words for your intro to baseball aged kids. A one time read, makes a great library book.Published 5 months ago by Kevin Christofora, The Hometown All Stars
Great book for youngsters to read to become more baseball wise.Published 11 months ago by 4xsaGrandma