________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 4 . . . . October 15, 2004

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How Baseball Works. (How sports work).

Keltie Thomas. Illustrated by Greg Hall.
Toronto, ON: Maple Tree Press, 2004.
64 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.95 (pbk.), $19.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-894379-61-6 (pbk.), ISBN 1-894379-60-8.

Subject Heading:
Baseball-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-9 / Ages 9-14.

Review by Glenys Martin.

**** /4

excerpt:

It's the name of the game in baseball. Pitchers hurl and fire the ball. Hitters swing at it, drill it, and bunt it. Fielders chase it, lunge for it, and try to stop it from going over the fence. Then they fling it and sling it to throw runners out. Players even tag runners out with the ball. And fans leap and squirm in the stands when the ball heads their way, just for a change to get their hands on it! The fact of the matter is, not much happens in baseball unless the ball is "in play."

 

How Baseball Works would appeal to youth who are interested in playing or understanding the game of baseball. It is divided into seven chapters that provide information in short interestingly titled paragraphs. The author has carefully provided key pieces of information in each small section. The information includes tips on training, legends in the sport, techniques for better play, and equipment used in the game. The author uses current information but has not neglected the past and how it has influenced the present game. She provides the reader with a clear explanation of the changes made over the years and the reasons for the changes. The illustrations consist of both photography and computer generated graphics; these are bright, colorful and very useful for the visual learner.

     In addition to a concluding index, the book's closing pages include the Rules and Regulations and explanations of the language of baseball.

Highly Recommended.

Glenys Martin is a teacher at W.P.Sandin Composite high school in Shellbrook, SK.

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