Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Let's Play Baseball

Let's Play Baseball

Spring 2006 Picture Books
Ages: Infant - 4 yrs.
Author: Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Illustrator: Terry Widener
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 076361646-X
Hardcover Price: $8.99
After a long winter, the spring sunshine beckons children out to play-and for many kids the game of choice is baseball. In fact, in Charles R. Smith's colorful new board book it's the ball itself that coaxes a little boy outdoors for a fast-paced game. The story is told from a baseball's point of view, telling his owner, “Blast me off your bat, into the sky...see my red stitches spin as I fly.” Smith's text is simple and rhyming. Its brevity makes it a good choice for emerging readers; the sturdy pages are also a plus for this age group. There is considerable enthusiasm in both the words and in Widener's fresh, sunny acrylic illustrations. Overall, this is an enjoyable book to share with a little slugger-and a great reminder to get outdoors and play.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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