February 17, 2011

Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 11:05 pm by suebe2

Bats at the Ballgame

by Brian Lies

Houghton Mifflin

AR 3.3

Mothdogs, Cricket Jacks and hard playing baseball bats.  What could be more fun than an evening at the ball field?

From the arrival of the first fans to the work of the grounds crew, anticipation builds.  How will our team do?

“At first, we’re full of reckless joy —
their batters strike out fast.
But when our batters strike out too,
our laughter doesn’t last.”

Brian Lies trademark humor shines through in the illustrations and the text.  Adults and young readers alike will relish looking for bat related riffs on baseball from the snacks to the songs that Lies brings to life in the pages of this story.

Because Lies writes rhyming text, this makes for a fun read aloud that the baseball lover in your life is sure to ask for again and again.

If you aren’t reading it aloud, don’t be surprised if you get so caught up in the illustrations that you have to go back and read the book again.

An excellent choice for bat lovers, baseball lovers and readers who simply love to laugh.

–SueBE

You’re on Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt by Judith St. George

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You’re on Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt

by Judith St. George

illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Philomel Books

AR 3.8

Say Teddy Roosevelt and most people think of a big, imposing man strutting around saying, “Bully!”  I’m not saying that’s accurate, but it is what it is — the common image.

St. George immediately sets this image on its ear.  The first image is of a sickly, small boy named Teedie who is struggling to breathe.  Fortunately, Papa comes to the rescue and paces the floor, cradling the future president.

Teedie continues to struggle with his asthma even when his parents take the family to the country for the summer.  Teedie falls head over heals for the outdoors and the many creatures he finds there.  He leads his siblings on imaginative adventures.

When they returned to New York City, Teedie started a nature museum in his room.  He even managed to collect a live snapping turtle.  Soon, the maid refused to enter.

But asthma continued to plague Teedie.  When his family journeyed to Europe for a year, he climbed mountains and explored museums — when he was well enough to do so.

An avid reader and student of nature, Teedie quickly developed his mind but his small, thin body lagged behind until his father encouraged him to join a gym — not common practice in those days.  His mother accompanied young Teedie who worked hard and eventually grew stronger and more sure of himself.

Fun as he is, Teddy Roosevelt isn’t someone with whom young  children readily identify, but Teedie is another story.  Small, sick and bullied yet imaginative and passionate about nature, Teedie is someone young readers will feel an affinity for that will help them relate to the man that he eventually became.

–SueBE

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