THE HOMETOWN ALL STARS: Nick’s very first day, says it all………..You can’t join a team without going through the motions of showing up, seeing your friends, and getting a uniform. The books then follow an “age appropriate” progression of learning the steps to play a game and be involved in the community. They are designed to be short- bed time reading books. You have to learn how to catch, hit and throw before you even think about playing a game. The series that follows covers the typical baseball season and all the fun and education that goes with it.
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Nick S Very First Day of Baseball based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Nick's mom signs him up for baseball. Nick is very excited to be part of the team. He practices throwing and catching with his dog. Nick's friends also sign up and the excitement doubles. Once they start baseball, they learn more than how to play the game. They learn very basic skills to make it easier to understand. This book has beautiful illustrations to go along with a wonderful story. I so enjoy the way the coach approaches the game and practices. He really gets the kids interested and they want to be outside and enjoying what they learn. I know your children will love this story and want to read or have it read to them over and over. The surprise of this book is it helps parents understand the basic rules of baseball. This is a keeper. The only thing I saw I would change is the pages with a light blue box. It makes it a little difficult to read it. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because this author is donating books to children in a NYC hospital. He also gives teachers, librarians and schools a break on the price. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
Nick's Very First Day of Baseball is the first book in an exciting and unique sports series for children: The Hometown All Stars. Young readers get to follow Nick—one of the Hometown All Stars, as he gets involved in baseball practice and joins a local team for the first time. While Christofora's fun-filled educational book focuses on familiarity with the sport before actually delving into it, the series incorporates more than just mere information on a particular sport. As he puts it, "The All Stars will help build character and teamwork and re-enforce many important life lessons." Like every great debut project, there is a behind-the-scene story. And for Kevin Christofora, the inspiration for The Hometown All Stars series occurs at an epiphanic moment during his coaching experience. Frustrated to see "kids every year showing up on their first day and not knowing which way to run or what home plate is," Christofora realized that parents bring their kids to him because "the parents don't know [about the game] either." Thus, his journey of writing books about what he does everyday began. In his own words, "The Hometown All Stars, in its most reduced form, was created to teach baseball through bedtime reading and to get kids playing outside again." Christofora's collaboration with graphic artist Dale Tangeman has produced both a high-interest as well as interactive read. A wonderful complement to Christofora's text, Tangeman's brightly colored illustrations are as playful as the sport. Tangeman's cartoon-ish depictions are nothing less than warm and inviting and make Christofora's story come alive. Christofora's overarching design for the series is quite methodical: a storyline that is punctuated with special messages from Billy Ball (one of Christofora's main characters that mentions facts and poses questions for young readers), hidden baseballs in the pictures, a Shout It Out trivia page, a "favorite players" autograph page, and a short list of words learned. Earmarked for children, ages three to seven, this review closes with a quote from Christofora's website that aptly captures his vision for his brilliant series: "The Hometown All Stars is a 'bedtime story' to get kids interested in the national pastime again. His goal in writing this book was to get kids out of the house and onto the field—'less screen, more green.' He believes in the valuable lessons that children learn from playing the game: teamwork, discipline, strategy, and thinking before they act. In addition, he wants to bring back the joy of being outdoors and playing, that kids in recent years have lost." For more information, go to http://thehometownallstars.com/ Anita Lock Freelance Book Reviewer