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Nick plays baseball
Isadora, Rachel.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [2001]

Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Uses the story of Nick and his teammates' championship baseball game to provide an introduction to aspects of the game of baseball including equipment, player positions, and rules.
Reading Level:
AD 450 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 48277.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 24726 Guided reading level: K.
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Central Library GV867.5 .I82 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Eden Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Grand Island Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Williamsville Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Audubon Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Grab the best seats for a homerun combination of practical information and pure fun. The championship game is coming up soon, and Nick can't wait to pitch for his team, the Rockets. Come watch Nick practice with the team and learn about equipment, drills, and positions. Listen to Coach Brian's tips and his advice on good sportsmanship and being a team player. Then, watch the championship game, with an easy-to-understand narration of how Nick's line drive helps bring teammate Mady home to win the game! Chock full of all the information kids need, this will score a big hit with beginning players or kids who just love the game.

Author Notes

Rachel Isadora was born and raised in New York City. Rachel studied at the School of American Ballet and was a dancer with the Boston Ballet until a foot injury. She went from being a ballet dancer to an author and illustrator.

The first title she wrote and illustrated was Max. Since then she has written many others including Golden Bear, Ben's Trumpet, Nick Plays Baseball, Caribbean Dream, Mr. Moon and Not Just Tutus.

Her works have earned her several awards including the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. Her title Max, was named an ALA Notable Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. Isadora's informative and interesting book has one basic problem--kids who want to know the ins and outs of playing baseball may find this format too young. Still, those who don't mind the oversize picture-book look will pick up lots of tips. The background story concerns Nick and his team, the Rockets, who spend plenty of time practicing, playing, and finally winning their game. But the book is really a how-to, and on each page kids can learn something new: batting, pitching, equipment, playing positions, and rules of the game. One error: the home team appears on the top of the scoreboard instead of the bottom. Isadora's pictures are bright and sunny, perfectly evocative of a day playing ball. The multiethnic Rockets (and their opponents, the Clippers) consists of boys and girls of varying degrees of ability, whose enthusiasm is contagious. Lots of fun and plenty of good advice, especially for the baseball newbie. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

HIsadora (Sophie Skates) heads for the baseball diamond in her latest exploration of sports. Neatly sandwiching nonfiction nuggets into a story about a boy named Nick, his teammates on the Rockets (girls as well as boys) and a championship game, Isadora serves up a lively and informative pastiche. While Nick and his friend Ben warm up for the big game, for instance, captioned spot art shows and identifies the various components of their uniforms; on the facing page, a host of other equipment, from batting helmet to catcher's gear, comes in for the same treatment. As she chronicles the championship game and its triumphant conclusion for the Rockets, Isadora scrutinizes everything from skills and drills to scoring, practice techniques, "Rules to Abide By" ("Never argue with the umpire"), the various positions and "Coach Brian's Tips" (when you slide, "try to keep your foot up to avoid injury"). For all the ground the author covers, her presentation is simple and carefully pared down, keenly attuned to a picture book audience. Watercolor illustrations are precise in their portrayal of the game and its players as they stretch, run, swing, throw and catch, capturing both Nick and his teammates' enthusiasm as well as their athleticism. Just the ticket for aspiring sluggers. Ages 5-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-The book intersperses a story about a boy playing baseball with explanations about the sport. The coach opens the practice session with drills, and the text and illustrations explain how players warm up and practice batting and pitching. On the day of the championship game, Nick unpacks his bag at the field. Baseball equipment is then illustrated and explained. The game begins and an illustration of the diamond shows the nine positions. In the end, Nick's team wins and learns how to line up and shake hands with the opponents. Although some readers may enjoy learning about baseball in the context of a story, the combination of narrative and expository text is not completely successful. The story line is quite thin and, because it is interrupted with informational content, has little dramatic effect. The appealing watercolor illustrations depict a multicultural group of boys and girls and are effective in conveying movement and action. The book would be best for beginning baseball players who are more interested in the sport than a story.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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