________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 11 . . . . January 23, 2009

cover How Baseball Works. (How Sports Works). Rev. ed.

Keltie Thomas. Illustrated by Greg Hall.
Toronto, ON: Maple Tree Press, 2008.
64 pp., pbk. & hc., $12.95 (pbk.), $22.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-897349-21-2 (pbk.), ISBN 978-1-897349-20-5 (hc.).

Subject Heading:
Baseball-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-7 / Ages 10-12.

Review by Wendy Williams.

*** /4

excerpt:

Over the years a baseball has been called a pill, a pea, a tomato, an apple, a horsehide, and even a pellet.

The San Francisco Giants once did a study that revealed that it takes at least 10,000 hours of practice for a player to become major-league material. And that's not including game time!

How Baseball Works is an attractive introduction to the game of baseball. I admit that I know nothing about the game, but I understand that it is a deadly serious sport, almost a religion, to its millions of fans. This book is brightly coloured, attractively laid out, and presents all kinds of interesting and unlikely information and facts for the baseball fan. If a reader is wanting to find out about slugger's stats, batting order, legends of the game, or the spitball spin, this is the book for you. Any sports fan aged six and over would enjoy receiving How Baseball Works as it is not serious and does not give readers just endless stats. It makes the game come alive with brief entries, photos, and off-beat information.

     I have to say, in defiance of die-hard baseball fans, that cricket is enjoyed by many more millions of people around the world, and that I am still a huge fan of tennis — this book has not converted me, but I appreciate its lively approach to the game beloved by millions.

Recommended.

Wendy Williams is a teacher-librarian and a keen fan of tennis — Roger Federer rules!

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