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Summary: Our hero is frustrated. Playing baseball is too hard. His parents think he can do it, and his coach does, too. His coach taught him about hitting, and said that it takes practice. Thanks to his practice, our hero won a batting award, and got to meet Mighty Stan Batter, a baseball legend. When Mighty Stan Batter gets sick, the coach is looking for somebody to take his place. Does our hero have what it takes? This rhyming picture book stars your child as he jumps from Little League to the Big League.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Age of Child: Read by 10-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: This story was Okay, but it is for really little children. It teaches them that if you really want to do something and you really concentrate, then you will do well at it. I would recommend this for my little cousin because he likes baseball.
Adult Reader Reaction: Yes, I liked it. The story is a little unrealistic, but it is also fun. What young child doesn't dream of being the person who makes the game-winning homer (or basketball shot)?
Pros: With this picture book, kids will see their names in lights ... just like they do when they dream about being the hero at whatever sport they play.
Cons: Although girls can be the hero, the cast around her is all boys. I wish there was a way to have a more diverse cast.
Borrow or Buy: Because it is a personalized story, the only way to get it is to buy it. For young kids that love baseball, this is a great story that will encourage them in their sport, and hopefully in life.
Educational Themes: This is a story that helps kids understand that you're not instantly good at something; even things you like. Practice, perseverance, and a positive attitude can lead to great things.