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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
Hey Batta Batta Swing

Hey Batta Batta Swing

Fall 2007 Non-Fiction
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Sally Cook
Illustrator: Ross MacDonald
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 141691207X
Hardcover Price: $17.99
Review:
The 2007 World Series may be history, but baseball fans can spend time brushing up on trivia and historical bits about America’s favorite pastime, thanks to the new book Hey Batta Batta Swing! Authors James Charlton (of the Society for American Baseball Research) and Sally Cook have put together an engaging look at the history of baseball in America, including sidebars on the colorful terminology used in the game. For example, readers will learn that a "can of corn" is actually an easy fly ball, and that "tools of ignorance" refer to the catcher’s equipment. The text is breezy and readable, and while the book is designed for a young audience adult baseball fans will find plenty to engage their interest. Ross MacDonald’s watercolor and pencil crayon illustrations, enhanced with letterpress wood type, are done in a nostalgic style that echoes the early twentieth century. For baseball lovers of all ages.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2007 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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