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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Summary: Using a combination of text and comic-strips, readers learn about unique players, events, mascots, and stats for America's past-time. The book is divided into nine innings, each with a different aspect of the game. This is baseball history told in a way that is accessible to a broad array of reades.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 8 and Up
Interest Level: 6 and Up
Reading Level: 2.8
Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Because she didn't know a lot about baseball, our daughter asked a lot of questions. Her lack of knowledge didn't stop her from devouring the book and reciting snippets to us over a number of days. She even asked to go to a baseball game.
Adult Reader Reaction: We were shocked when our 9-year-old picked out this book, and even more amazed that she stuck with it since she knew nothing about the sport. We also read the book and found it filled with fun, information. The combo text/graphic novel style will appeal to readers of all skill levels. Young readers probably won't even notice that there is more text in the boxes than on the other pages.
Pros: Readers will love the presentation style of this baseball trivia book, and will come away knowing more about the sport, its teams, and players.
Cons: Although this is for young readers, it presumes a knowledge of baseball, including some idioms and catch phrases. It would help to add an annex of that material, just like the biography list at the back.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you've got a ball player or a major league baseball fan, this is a must have.
Educational Themes: This is a great book to share before or after a baseball game ... or a tour of major stadiums.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.