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. Volume XI Number 13 . . . . March 4, 2005
With the days becoming longer, can baseball and soccer registration be far behind? These two titles will be just the thing to while away the hours until the kids can actually play the games outdoors.
Both books share the same format. Each letter of the alphabet is presented in upper and lower case and accompanied by an illustration. As you can see in the excerpts above, each letter has a short rhyme in large font and then interesting facts are presented in smaller font.
The sports have been well researched, and Brad Herzog provides enough information and statistics to satisfy any fan. In H is for Home Run, he includes the discrimination faced by African Americans. They were not allowed to play in the major leagues until 1947. He also mentions the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that existed from 1943 -1954.
In K is for Kick, we learn how soccer was originally known as "association football." That was shortened to "assoc" and an "er" was added, with the term eventually becoming "soccer." It is known as "football" in every country in the world except for Canada and the United States. The game, rules, equipment needed, and many of the famous soccer players add to the interest of the reader.
The acrylic painting illustrations by Melanie Rose convey the excitement of both games. Each painting is very detailed and ably complements the text.
Although both books are well written and illustrated, it is hard to pinpoint the audience for these books. The 7-9 age group would probably enjoy these books, but I suspect they would appeal to parents and grandparents as well.
Patricia Fay is a teacher-librarian at Beaumont Elementary School whose husband played hooky to watch the 1956 World Series game in which the Yankees' Don Larson pitched a no-hitter!
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