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Play Ball with Me!

by Lynn Reiser

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
24 pages
ISBN: 9780375832444

Ages 3-7

What ball game is this?” asks a childlike cat holding a black-and-white ball and standing in front of a goal net. A turn of the lightweight cardboard page (cut to emphasize the outline of the ball) reveals the answer—“Soccer!”—along with a picture showing the cat scoring a goal, and a boxed, illustrated listing of all the uniform components: “This is my soccer shirt. These are my soccer shorts. These are my soccer shin guards” and so on. The same active young cat goes through the same routine for three other games: basketball, baseball, and football. Lynn Reiser’s simple, engaging introduction to four sports is not only great to share with preschoolers, but great for beginning readers—especially those who are sports enthusiasts—with its short sentences, repetition, and abundance of picture clues.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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