Friday, April 1, 2011

Yesterday was the start of baseball season!

Great new reads for the baseball lovers in your family!

Herzog, Brad.
I Spy with My Little Eye Baseball.
March 2011.
Sleeping Bear Press.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Baseball lovers will find great amusement in spying out the differences in these photo pairs with slightly altered scenes! This book is wonderful for encouraging children to become observers. Perhaps they'll enjoy looking at the pictures and trying to discover the differences on their own... and if they do struggle, the lyrical text provides readers with clues to help them hone in on a general area of where to look! Children are sure to be engaged in this book that pulls them into the reading and has them searching throughout! And, coupled with the photographs on each page is details and facts that will intrigue little baseball fans!

Michelson, Richard.
Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King.
February 2011.
Sleeping Bear Press.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

In 1845, baseball, the game that always had children hitting, throwing and catching balls, became more widely popular as the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club drew up the games first set of official rules. From there, the sport became more widely accepted and popular. Struggling to assimilate in a new country, Lipman Pike looked to baseball as his "grounding" - his way to fit in with the new American culture to which he was being introduced. With the support of his father, Lipman did what he felt necessary to fit in, and in doing so became somewhat of a legend in the world of baseball. This book tells his story in a way that will inspire children to strive to fulfill their dreams and not give up despite hardships they may face. Perhaps what I enjoyed the most about the book was the way in which the immigration experience was brought up and shared in a manner that children will easily connect to! Definitely a great story to share this baseball season.

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