Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Paying tribute to our nation's favorite pastime

This Is the GamePut together sports, the love of the game, fun rhyming text, and beautiful illustrations that capture our nation's favorite pastime and you have This Is the Game by Diane Z. Shore.

In this beautiful picture book, Shore pays tribute to all of the aspects we love about baseball...

This is the swish!
as the pitch whizzes by
from the mound to the plate
in the blink of an eye.

It's all covered from schoolchildren playing the game in back alleys to the grandstand with tall wooden bleachers to star players such as "Dizzy" Dean and "The Babe." The lyrical verse makes for a fun read aloud and the amazing double page spreads by Owen Smith will have your jaw dropping to the floor just as if you had seen one fly out of the park!

As long as kids collect bubble-gum cards and dream of stepping on the diamond, this is sure to be a favorite of those who rise to sing a song about peanuts and Cracker Jack rings!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 22, 2011)
ISBN-10: 006055522X
ISBN-13: 978-0060555221
Source of review copy: Publisher
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