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My Baseball Book Hardcover – March 1, 2000

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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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..".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 is"My Soccer Book."?--"Kirkus Review "Reviewed with "My Soccer Book" "Ages 4-8. This pair of small, snappily designed books are attractive, accessible introductions to the two sports children are most likely to play. Diverse groups of young children, drawn in Gibbons' typically bright colors and cheery style, demonstrate sports equiptment and game plays. Each book includes a diagram of the field, and a breif glossary explains sports basics, such as offense and teamwork as well as specific terms ("dribble," "strike"). Margart Blackstone's books, such as "This Is Soccer" (1999), which are written for the same young audience, catch the excitement of game play; these books make the sports understandable.- -"Booklist"Reviewed with "My Soccer Book""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 equiptment neccessary 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...These informative books will be enjoyed by new players or spectators of older siblings' events." --"School Library Journal"
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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 (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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This is a really cute book that can be read on many levels. For the very little child, it hits the basics. As a child grows or develops more of an interest in baseball, there are detailed explanations by each item in an illustration. It is a sturdy hardback book with a quality feel. I recommend this book for child baseball beginners in this age group.
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I purchased this item for a 6 year old grandson. The book explains perfectly, and in a fun way, the game of baseball. Our grandson hasn't received the book yet but I am positive that he will be excited and pleased with it. His father is coaching the team and I think the book will be helpful to him also in explaining the game to youngsters OR anyone who doesn't understand the game. The great pictures are a big plus also.
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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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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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This book is perfect for teaching a beginner the game of baseball. Great layout, great explanations and outstanding drawings. My 4 year old grandson (1st year T Baller) and his Daddy both love it. So easy for a child, boy or girl of any age, to learn the basics of the game. I highly recommend this little treasure.
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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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