Thursday, February 7, 2013

Goodnight Baseball

Goodnight BaseballGoodnight Baseball by Michael Dahl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodnight Baseball
By Michael Dahl
Illustrated by Christina Forshay
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Release date March 1, 2013

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Goodnight Baseball is a wonderful choice for a sports-themed read aloud for younger readers. It is a comfort book-easy on the eyes, easy on the ears, easy on the heart. Goodnight Baseball is about a father and son building a childhood memory together. A happy day spent at the ball park highlighted by the boy catching a high fly ball in his mitt way up in the stands. The rhyme and rhythm of author Michael Dahl's words flow smoothly and are well complimented by the vibrant illustrations of Christina Forshay. My favorite illustration is seeing the moon portrayed as a giant baseball in the sky. Predictably, towards the end of the story, we see a mirroring of Margaret Wise Brown’s well-loved Goodnight Moon. Perhaps it would be a useful literacy activity to pair the two books so students can have an opportunity to make that text-to-text connection. Librarians, take note: this one is a home run!

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