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April 6, 2010
Amy Phelps

Celebrate the start of baseball season with a lift-the-flap book with a familiar face in “Play Ball, Corduroy!” based on the character created by Don Freeman with a story by B.G. Hennessy and with pictures by Lisa McCue.


Corduroy is ready for the start of baseball season along with his teammates. He is ready to practice and have fun! But his friend Blue Mouse doesn’t seem happy when they go for pizza later. Corduroy offers to help him practice more before the big game. Will they be ready?


For any young child just starting to play, this is a fun storybook.


“Play Ball, Corduroy!” is published by Viking. It is $11.99 and is for ages 3 and up.


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The subject of the most famous baseball card ever is the story behind “All Star!” by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Jim Burke.


Honus Wagner is the son of a miner who lived in a little town near Pittsburgh. After sixth grade, boys quit going to school and went to work in the mines. Honus soon got into playing baseball with the local children and by 16 he had joined the Mansfield semipro team. He joined the pro Steubenville team and eventually was spotted by a baseball executive. Honus joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1900 and won the National League batting championship multiple times and even made the World Series.


He was the subject of several ads, and even had his own baseball card. When Honus found out the card was sold in cigarette packs, he didn’t like the message it sent and they were pulled from the market, making the few that got out very rare and valuable. Honus went on to become a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates and is in the baseball hall of fame. For young children interested in baseball players and the cards, this is an interesting non-fiction book. “All Star!” is published by Philomel. It is $17.99 and is for ages 6 to 8.

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