The ultimate celebration of an all-American sport, this picture book captures the joy and the history of baseball—and knocks it out of the park!
Don’t wait for Opening Day to start your baseball season! Crack open Baseball Is… and revel in the fun of this all-American game! Perfect for the stats-counting superfan and the brand-new little leaguer, Baseball Is… captures the spirit of this cherished pastime, honoring its legendary past, and eagerly anticipating the future of the sport that is “stitched into our history.”
More than a decade after America Is..., Borden returns with a rosy tribute to the national pastime, this time accompanied by Col n, whose pencil illustrations virtually glow with sunset golds and the lime greens of the outfield. Most of Borden's verse is dedicated to capturing the sounds, smells, and emotions of the game itself ("Baseball is the scamper of the bat boy/ and the distant shout in the stands:/ Peanuts!'/ Popcorn!' "). But the game's history is also felt, both in inset images that, for instance, show the technology used by announcers past and present, and in detours that honor presidential connections to the game, a trio of players (Ruth, Robinson, and Clemente), and "the minor leagues/ and Little League,/ the talented and long ago Negro Leagues,/ the women's league." It's a warm and passionate ode to the game, whether it's being played in stadiums or backyards. Ages 7 10. Illustrator's agent: Morgan Gaynin Inc.