Magic Bat Day (The Hometown All Stars)
Magic Bat Day starts with a boy named Nick, who is getting ready for school and excited to show off his new baseball uniform. The coach said they get to wear their uniforms to school to promote team spirit. Things at school remind Nick about baseball, other kids in their uniforms, the food in the cafeteria, and math class. Finally it was time for practice. The coach says they will learn about hitting and he tells them that Babe Ruth was the best hitter in baseball history. Before the kids can practice hitting, they need to warm up and pick their magic bat. The coach tells them how to hold the bat properly, to look at the ball and to relax before hitting. Nick follows the coach’s directions hits the ball. Everyone had a great time at baseball practice.
I loved Magic Bat Day because it is about baseball and I have started going to Round Rock Express games with my family. I liked the illustrations and noticed that the team members are made up of boys and girls with different skin colors. I liked the exercises that were shown in the book to warm up, and I even got up to do them myself while reading. I like that they showed how keeping score at a baseball game is just addition in math class. Magic Bat Day taught me a few things. I learned that hitting and batting mean the same thing. I also learned what when holding the bat, to line your knuckles up in a line in a straight line. I liked the coach’s tip to have your batting station in front of a fence, so you don’t have to go far to pick up balls. One of my favorite parts of this book was the quiz at the end. I recommend this book to any kids who like baseball.