HOW BASEBALL WORKS by Keltie Thomas

HOW BASEBALL WORKS

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Age Range: 9 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Biting off far more than she can chew, Thomas crams mini-disquisitions on baseball’s history, gear, play, rules, strategies, physics, statistics, jargon, stars, stadiums, and more into arrays of variously sized and colored boxes, supported by a mix of unevenly informative photos and cartoons. Though language and visuals are carefully nonsexist, the resulting barrage of superficial information not only occasionally swerves into misinformation—fastballs do not “shoot toward home plate in a straight line”—but leaves a few bases uncovered too, such as the ins and outs of pinch-hitting, the screwball pitch, the Hall of Fame, and the role of the Closer. Thomas supplies no sources for further information, and doesn’t carry her tale beyond the 2002 season. Young fans won’t encounter much here that they don’t already know; non-fans will simply be bewildered. (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-894379-60-8
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Firefly
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2004




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