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Playing Pro Baseball
ISBN: 9781467738460
Author: Howell, Brian
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: August 2014
Retail: $26.65    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Provides information on what life is like for a professional baseball player, including how they stay healthy, how they stay safe, and the basic skills a player needs.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Careers
Library of Congress Subjects:
Baseball; Juvenile literature.
Professional sports; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 796.357
LCCN: 2013048604
Lexile Measure: 840
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Playing Pro Sports
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 7.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Sports, Reference, Middle School
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Each basic volume includes a brief history of the sport, rules, skills needed for success, and vignettes of outstanding athletes and memorable games. Sports fans will appreciate the clear but abbreviated information about their favorite teams and personalities. Numerous photographs, sidebars, inserts, and flashy graphics accompany the readable texts. Training tips and equipment diagrams are appended. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Playing Pro Sports titles: Playing Pro Football, Playing Pro Basketball, Playing Pro Hockey, and Playing Pro Baseball.]
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 November)

Gr 4–7—Top-notch writing, colorful photos and sidebars, fact boxes, and diagrams combine to make this series a standout. Many readers dream of athletic stardom: these books offer an overview of the less glamorous side: what players must do to reach the professional level of sports, athletes' daily routines, and how they avoid injuries. With their busy schedules of games and travel, pro-basketball players frequently take naps to catch up on much-needed rest, while football players need more than just sleep to recover from the toll exacted by game day, which one former linebacker likened to being "in several car crashes." Sleep, diet, and a year-round fitness regimen are essential for players. Descriptions of training exercises are also included, such as the "crossover lunge" practiced by many hockey players and Gold Grove second baseman Brandon Phillips' fielding exercises. A great series that sheds light on the reality of life in professional sports.

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