Illustrated by Raul Colon
/ Simon & Schuster
2/18/2014 / ISBN 9781416955023
Children / Baseball / Ages 7 - 10l
by Bob Walch
you page through this picture book you’ll discover that
baseball is many things. At its most simple level, baseball
is three bases ninety feet apart that create a perfect diamond.
Add a small, hard ball, a bat and a number of players, nine
on each side, and you can play a baseball game.
But as you page through this book you’ll see baseball
is much, much more. There are the major-league baseball stadiums,
the fans, the officials, the colorful uniforms, and, of course,
the players themselves.
There’s hitting, running, pitching, catching, scoring
runs and out-making plays. There are seven or nine innings (depending
on what level the game is played) and there’s a long history
that the sport has accumulated over the decades.
A many-faceted sport, baseball can be quite simple (hit the
ball and run) or very complex, but no matter how one plays the
game, it provides thousands of people with entertainment in
one way or another.
Louise Borden has attempted to capture the essence of this popular
sport for young readers and, assisted by Raul Colon’s
illustrations, she has done a pretty good job. Anyone, young
or old, who enjoys a trip to the ballpark, will certainly enjoy