Written by Carol Nevius
Illustrated by Bill Thomson
Those with a love of the game will most assuredly appreciate Baseball Hour. This book captures what a day at baseball practice probably looks like for most children in little league. Whether boy or girl interested in the game or those whom already play, either would probably enjoy the tone set. The book at hand could definitely inspire determination and teamwork. I really liked that there is a variety of races and children of both sexes on the team displayed. Too often, I see only baseball and other sports booked geared primarily to boys.
I’ll point out that the story inside seems much more like a short poem. It’s written very well in a rhyming way and captures everything that would be happening during a practice. Players in the book are seen warming up, catching the ball, running, swinging, throwing, sliding, and working together as a team! I think this book would be great read a loud and would be a perfect book for beginning readers that also love baseball. I even believe children would easily begin to memorize the book after a few reads.
The illustrations in this book are excellently done and almost life like. The colors used are sepia yet with a hint black and white as well as red. The detail is well put such as those of the bases, field, and baseball gear of bats, balls, cleats, and mitts. The illustrator also completely captures the emotions that are most certainly seen by children during practice such as the looks of concentration, excitement, joy, and more!
Baseball Hour makes for a most desirable picture book to add to any collection whether for a child or for an adult.
Interested in Purchasing?
Baseball Hour is available for purchase on Amazon.com in e-book ($3.99) as well as hardcover format ($11.91) as of this posting.