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My New Team (Little Rhino #1) Paperback – January 27, 2015
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Gr 1–4—In this new chapter book series, third-grader Ryan, who prefers to be called Rhino, loves baseball. He plays catch and practices hitting as often as he can with his grandfather. While at school, he and his best friend, Cooper, join a new lunch table where they also get to talk about dinosaurs. Rhino loves learning facts and then sharing them with his friends. One day Grandpa James signs him up for a little league baseball team, and Rhino couldn't be more excited. Then, he finds out that the meanest boy in his class is on the same team. Dylan takes every opportunity to belittle Rhino at school, in the neighborhood, and at practice. Rhino has some tough decisions to make about how to respond to Dylan and his taunts as he and his teammates prepare for their first practice game. The final satisfying chapters play out Rhino's first exciting game with the Mustangs. The simple black-and-white illustrations support the text. Readers will be anxious for the second installment to see how Rhino's first season plays out and to find out what becomes of him and his bully teammate. A solid purchase for most libraries.—Nancy Jo Lambert, McSpedden Elementary Frisco, TX --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Now I just need to get the kids tickets to a game when the Phillies come to town so they can see "Rhino"!
I liked that it was about baseball because I like sports. I liked Rhino the best because he was a baseball team member and I want to be a baseball member. Dylan was not a nice guy! Rhino was nice to Dylan by asking him to practice instead of making Dylan practice alone. I didn't dislike anything.
Here's my review:
First of all, I'm predisposed to like this story as a Phillies fan. In fact, I'm pretty sure Howard lives in the same town as my son's school. However, I'm NOT a sports fan like my sports obsessed child, so I wasn't sure if that would affect my opinion of the story. It didn't. I think the story is a standard one of acceptance, hard work, perseverance, and friendship that is told in many of these chapter books but with a baseball team as the background. Rhino is a sensitive and smart child, able to spot ways to solve problems that crop up in a young child's life, such as having a shy best friend or being bullied by a team mate. I liked that it can introduce children who read it to concepts such as team work and practice, which we're trying to get into our own son's head. I also liked that the baseball team had girls on it -- introducing to my son that baseball is not ONLY a boy sport. Overall, I was really pleased with this book and got him the second one today.