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Author: Brad Herzog

Illustrator: Melanie Rose

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Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: With this book, you not only stroll through the alphabet, you also learn lots about baseball: history, technique, and players. This is a book that uses alliteration to teach the alphabet, baseball style.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 6 to 10

Reading Level: 6.1

Age of Child: Started reading with child 3½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: From the first reading, our preschooler loved pointing to the letter emphasized on the page.

Adult Reader Reaction: I am in awe that someone could pull together an A to Z for baseball. The poetry is not near as awesome as the illustrations and the baseball history.

Pros: There is great longevity for this book. Younger readers will enjoy the alliteration, older readers and parents will enjoy the more detailed descriptions of the game.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Especially if you have a baseball fan (young or old) in the house.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A You're Adorable, What Pete Ate from A to Z, and Eyewitness: Train A YOU'RE ADORABLE   WHAT PETE ATE FROM A to Z   EYEWITNESS: TRAIN

Educational Themes: Aside from learning the alphabet, you can share America's past time with your kids.

Literary Categories: Fiction - sports, picture book, baseball, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2005

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