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Baseball Hour Hardcover – March 1, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
When we finally got around to reading it that night I couldn't get over how beautiful the illustrations were. SO realistic. So for me, the book was already wonderful. But then I started reading the words.... and that's when I realized how wonderful this book really is. It's all about how kids go to practice t-ball/baseball and work with a coach who encourages them, how fun the game is, having games, and how nice it is to be part of a team. Not the winning and losing aspect of the game that is so focused on at major league games, but the pure fun and enjoyment of the game from the perspective of a young child. And it rhymes too, so the kids are pretty focused on the words AND the illustrations.
Absolutely I would give this book more stars if I could. It's the perfect book for the t-baller in your life, and for any young child playing baseball. Would make a great gift too.
The rhythmic words are mostly statements about different aspects of this practice, averaging about one sentence per page. Though they do not offer a story in a conventional sense, they do their job in enhancing the effect of the AMAZING illustrations.
These mainly monochromatic, photo-like images are powerful. They deserve their place as the obvious focus of this book. The reader actually feels like he/she is viewing the action up-close. The perspectives are exciting and inspire the imagination.
There's no one main character, which is consistent with the book's emphasis on teamwork. However, I was somewhat confused when the children went from practicing skills to playing an actual game. There was no real transition (like an illustration of the children forming two lines, dividing the team), so this fact wasn't made clear to me. I had to read the inside jacket to confirm that the team did split up to form two smaller teams. The divided teams then played a practice game.
Baseball Hour does manage to capture the excitement, determination, concentration and hard work involved in youth baseball. This book includes a variety of children. Boys and girls from different ethnicities are being represented in a positive way. Both a man and a woman are coaching on the field. No one is left out, here.
Love of people + love of baseball = Baseball Hour
"Baseball Hour" is an excellent, easy bedtime read for toddlers, and one beginning readers may want to read to the adults in their life. Adults will be entranced by the detailed, sepia illustrations; children may prefer more colorful pictures. "Baseball Hour" deserves five stars for the artwork alone.
"The batter slams a power hit
soaring past the shortstop's mitt."
"Catch that pop-up...throw it in."
"Tag the runner.... Out! We win!"
So not much meat to the book. When your kid is 7 and starts to be interested in baseball, this book doesn't say much. When they are younger, the book looks a little too mature to be interesting. I hate to give such a beautiful book 3 stars, but I really don't know who to recommend it to, hence 3 stars.
I'll point out that the story inside seems much more like a short poem. It's written very well in a rhyming way and captures everything that would be happening during a practice. Players in the book are seen warming up, catching the ball, running, swinging, throwing, sliding, and working together as a team! I think this book would be great read a loud and would be a perfect book for beginning readers that also love baseball. I even believe children would easily begin to memorize the book after a few reads.
The illustrations in this book are excellently done and almost life like. The colors used are sepia yet with a hint black and white as well as red. The detail is well put such as those of the bases, field, and baseball gear of bats, balls, cleats, and mitts. The illustrator also completely captures the emotions that are most certainly seen by children during practice such as the looks of concentration, excitement, joy, and more!
Baseball Hour makes for a most desirable picture book to add to any collection whether for a child or for an adult.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We checked this book out from the library in preparation for taking our 2 yr old to his first baseball game. He loved it, so I was happy to find it online. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Spartanflute
This is my grandson's favorite book. He had me read it to his preschool class recently. (He can repeat the entire story by memory. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dawn Eckenrode
arrived earlier than promised...great....in new condition....very pleasedPublished 22 months ago by s.f.
The children HATED this book. It's not imaginative or really anything at all, save a dry, non-fiction account of baseball. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Theomama
This was my son's favorite book! I purchased the book for the illustrations... They are a great example of extreme foreshortening. Like the book, love the illustrations!Published on October 2, 2013 by Can
I could tell from the cover that this book looked different and stood out in the array of brightly colored, cartoonish kids' books. I stood out in more ways than one, though! Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by dinglefest
This is a beautifully illustrated book. The illustrations are a combination of a photorealistic style yet also highly simple. Sometimes with very minimal background. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by M. Wolf