It’s more than just baseball. Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball, the first of a series for children ages three to seven, teaches children about baseball using real coaching techniques. In this interactive storybook, kids will find hidden baseballs in the pictures, answer trivia questions, and there’s even a page for autographs from their favorite players.
|Publisher:||Pilot Communications Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 1 Years|
About the Author
Written for children ages three to seven, 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. An engineer by education, Kevin gave up the corporate life to move back to his hometown to carry on the family business and become the local butcher and a dad. He has found more happiness becoming a baseball coach, than he ever had before. He hopes to pass the excitement of the game to other children with The Hometown All Star’s series.
Kevin Christofora, a father and certified coach, hopes his book series, The Hometown All Stars, will inspire children to play outside more often. He teaches young people about baseball and the habits of a healthy lifestyle in the form of a fun and educational bedtime story. He has been a guest interview on ABC News regarding kids and back to school. He gives regular commentary on ESPN and also interviews around the country with stations such as NPR, 660 News, 89.7 fm. WGLS Rowan Radio, 101.5 fm KVSF fm. The Voice of SanteFe, MIX97.7 fm New York with Mark Bolger and other US radio stations. He also writes about strengthening family time with activities through his personal blog, and in publications across the country including; Fit Pro, Westchester Family, KidzEdge, Boston Parenting, Mom Blog Society, Green Baby Guide, CaliDiet Healthy Living Magazine and several other publications.
Most Helpful Customer 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