Baseball Hour

Yesterday, I spent nearly five hours outside watching my oldest play a double-header baseball game. It was rainy. It was cold. It was a motherly moment. Wrapped in blankets and eventually a sleeping bag, I was determined to survive the weather to cheer on my son. My husband had to work and one of us likes to be there. I pulled out my little notebook and kept score. I know how many pitches he threw and whether the throws were strikes, balls, or a hit.

While watching the games, I take in the setting, the comments, the action. Baseball Hour is a great book focusing on the action of the game. Bill Thomson’s illustrations are up close and personal. On one page, the bat seems the swing out through the page, almost 3D like.

Carol Nevius (rhymes with devious) writes in rhyme, two lines per two page spread. Her specific word choice adds the pop to the illustrated scenes. Your students will be drawn into this fantastic book.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Baseball Hour:

  • Two Word Phrases – “catchers catch and batters switch
  • Comma in a series
  • Simile
  • Varied punctuation – ellipse, possessive apostrophe, quotation marks
  • Illustrations – zooming in on the important part
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2 Responses to Baseball Hour

  1. Donna Smith says:

    I visited Amazon to have a peek inside, but they only had a few pages. Illustrations are amazing! Would this be good as a spring read for first grade? I think they’d enjoy the illustrations, used in conjunction with the zooming in effect lesson.

  2. the other ruth says:

    I wish I had this book! My kids have been talking a lot about zooming in on the action lately, and this one sounds like a good fit for them.
    I may have to get another job to pay for books…..

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