Bats about Baseball
Jean Little and Claire Mackay
Grades 2 - 4 / Ages 7 - 9.
Ryder's grandmother was bats about baseball. On his first birthday, she gave him baseball pajamas. When he turned two, she got a Blue Jays pennant for his room. When he turned three, she gave him a baseball cap and 9 baseball cards from her own collection. When he turned four, she gave him a bat and a ball. When he turned five, she gave him a catcher's mitt. And as soon as he learned to read, she bought him a baseball dictionary. She was crazy. Even when she was babysitting him, Ryder's Nana went right on being bats about baseball. Once the baseball season started, it wasn't easy to talk with her about anything else. But Ryder kept trying.
Poor Ryder -- he doesn't meet with much success. While his Nana is fixated on the T.V., he tries to engage her in a discussion of possible careers. In response to each of his questions, Ryder's grandmother makes seemingly unrelated comments about the game she's watching. For example:
"Nana," he said, "do you think I should be an ornithologist when I grow up?"
"The Jays play the Orioles today," she said. She nestled down in the big chair. Ryder perched beside her.
"I could be a chiropractor like Uncle Bonaparte," Ryder said.
Nana stretched. "We need some back to back hits to break out of our slump."
A. Edwardsson is in charge of the Children's Department at a branch of the Winnipeg Public Library. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Child Care Worker III certification, and is a member of the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Author's Association.
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