Books by Florence Cassen Mayers

BASKETBALL ABC by Florence Cassen Mayers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Following on the heels of Baseball ABC (1994), another attractive, eye-catching introduction to the world of sports from Mayers, with the cooperation of the NBA. Crisp, full-color photographs illustrate each letter of the alphabet: Basketball greats appear under L for Legends, and Michael Jordan defies gravity under J for Jumpshot. Dream Team and dunk fall under D and d, respectively. Other attention-grabbers are the pairing of Gheorghe Muresan at 7'7' and Muggsy Bogues at 5'4' under H for Height and the juxtaposition of the average man's size 10 sneaker with Shaquille O'Neal's size 22, under S for Shoe. The author presents pertinent, funny factoids in a nontechnical, highly visual presentation, from quirky quotes by Woody Allen and Moses Malone to recognition of Dr. James Naismith, the man who invented the game with two peach baskets nailed to the balcony of a gym. Close-ups, aerial angles, and tilted perspectives are all part of the slick design and provide onlookers and ABC-learners with a courtside view of the kinetic, high-action sport. The compositions will attract sports fans and make page-turners out of those who normally just spectate. (Picture book. 4-10) Read full book review >
BASEBALL ABC by Florence Cassen Mayers
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

Alphabet books have long been the province of toddler picture books; now comes a series of alphabet books designed for a broader audience. Mayers's (A Russian ABC, not reviewed, etc.) handsomely designed baseball volume fills each page with color photos of memorabilia, including a Honus Wagner baseball card (under ``C''), a panoply of gloves used in various positions (under ``G''), World Series ticket stubs (under ``T''), and other pictures of stadiums, umpires, scoreboards, and nutty fans. Even the bold letters heading each page are taken from authentic team logos. Snippets of baseball trivia accompany each letter, with a fair balance between the hallowed-but-dusty past and the present. Still, the basic question rises: Who is this book for? Kids still learning the alphabet are too young to be interested in the trivia or the museum artifacts, and older baseball fans may find the ABC gimmick tedious. In this season of the momentous baseball strike and Ken Burns's TV series ``Baseball,'' this may appeal to adults as a gift book, though it will probably never be read. (Nonfiction/Picture book. All ages) Read full book review >