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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rules of the Game, written by Marjorie Maddox and illustrated by John Sandford. Wordsong, Publishers Group Canada, 2009. $22.95 ages 10 and up

"lets loose the touted torpedo
trekking toward territory
disputed by the batter’s feet. "

In this collection of 38 poems you will find the precision of a ball game as the ins and outs of baseball are explored in a more technical way than most of the books of baseball poetry I have recommended previously. Nonetheless, it makes for great reading and a better understanding for those interested in the way the game works. The author discusses specifics in her poems and the whole package is stretched tight and securely packaged for baseball aficionados. The alliteration is well constructed and the near rhymes add dramatic tone. Use this fine book when you share Paul Janeczko’s That Sweet Diamond (Atheneum, 1998) and Ron Koertge’s Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (Candlewick, 2006).

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