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I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE BASEBALL by Brad Herzog

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE BASEBALL

By Brad Herzog (Author) , David Milne (Photographer)

Age Range: 6 - 12

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-58536-496-1
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Baseball is a game of many possibilities, and there are so many ways to experience it. Herzog and Milne have taken the game of I Spy and cleverly married it to the national pastime. Seemingly identical side-by-side photo collages of everything baseball, from equipment to action to memorabilia, are placed on double page spreads. Rhyming clues challenge readers to match the photos and find all the differences. Each spread also includes applicable factual material that cites anecdotes and history and delves into the finer points of the game. Milne’s carefully composed photos, especially the object collages, are visually appealing and stimulating. The language of the informational portion of the text might be too sophisticated for the usual I Spy audience, and the clues only offer a bare minimum of hints. A great deal of patience is needed to spot the numerous variations, as many as 41 in one spread, and might prove too frustrating for young readers. Nonetheless this is a work that can be pored over and shared by several sharp-eyed baseball lovers at a time. (Picture book/puzzle. 6-12)