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Baseball Is . . .

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The ultimate celebration of an all-American sport, this picture book captures the joy and the history of baseball—and knocks it out of the park!

Don't wait for Opening Day to start your baseball season! Crack open Baseball Is… and revel in the fun of this all-American game! Perfect for the stats-counting superfan and the brand-new little leaguer, Basebal
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Michele Knott
I cannot say enough about this fabulous text. You can enjoy it on so many levels. Read it for enjoyment, especially if you are a baseball fan. Take close note of the illustrations. As a Chicagoan, loved seeing Wrigley Field depicted. As a Sox fan, loved seeing Miller Park (note, bigger illustration than Wrigley, haha). Read it for the history, as Borden includes just a touch of information about the all the different leagues - Negro and Women's - information about how past presidents have impact ...more
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While we have this shelved with the picture books, I think it'd be great as a writing prompt for sharing information. Borden's book reads a bit like a long poem, all swirling around the repetition of "baseball is". Lots of good information along with great sensory details, and Raul Colon's art never ceases to amaze.
Apr 07, 2014 Frances rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, I am a big baseball fan; but this children's book really struck a chord with me.
The author writes: "Oh, the bright happiness of cheering a team on,
of sitting side by side,
of standing hand in hand
with those who share with you
their own special love
for this team,
for that player,
who recall their own memories of other innings,"
I got a bit chocked up; each page (illustrated beautifully) adds to the words that speak to the heart of baseball.
A great book to share with little kids and
For those baseball lovers, this is almost poetry, the words “baseball is” defining every single lovable moment of our national sport, the players, the fields, the umpires, home plate, the pitcher’s mound and of course those famous players of long ago, and those in the All-Star game, coming soon next month. There is a part of all of us that is baseball, and the story by Louise Borden includes the fans and those children who start playing and dreaming while very young. And Colón’s illustrations, w ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Margie rated it it was amazing
Baseball (or softball) games are commonplace in our neighborhoods with skill levels as varied as our ages and sizes. We all play to win, even if we know we will probably lose. Our love of the sport is like a fever. Attending a major league game is a valued rite of passage. With eloquence in words and pictures, Baseball Is... (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division) written by Louise Borden with illustrations by Raul Colon brings back memori ...more
Elizabeth Taylor
Apr 05, 2015 Elizabeth Taylor rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to this book because I'm a huge baseball fan and have worked in baseball forfour years now. The movie Hardball puts it so perfectly, "there's something romantic about baseball." I think this quote summarizes this book quite well. Baseball is.. is a great book that shares the history of the sport. Often time students play sports without knowing any of its history. I think this would be a good book to share with the class or have kids read on their own. The book read as a bit of poetry ...more
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My Review: I am a huge baseball fan, have been for over 24 years now, so I am a sucker for baseball books. This one is special though. It captures the beauty of the baseball stadiums around the country, the intricacies of the sport, and the amazing history that baseball holds. I also love the choice of telling baseball’s story in verse. It made it rhythmic like the sport.

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Sep 19, 2014 Kifflie rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-nonfiction
A loving tribute to the phenomenon that is baseball in America -- not just the game itself but the atmosphere of the ballpark, and the culture and history that surround it. You can almost hear the flags flapping and smell those peanuts. Raul Colon's artwork is gorgeously rendered.
Nov 14, 2015 Jim rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports
"Above the scene, like a familiar friend, red-and-white stripes, AMERICA'S FLAG." i guess baseball isn't played in Canada? Cuba? Japan?
what cadence there is is broken for the stanzas about Presidents Taft and FDR.
there is a San Francisco(?) Giant, unnamed on the cover.
Jun 29, 2014 Earl rated it liked it
Louise Borden hits a homerun w/ her latest picture book BASEBALL IS! A great look into what makes the game so special for so many people! Raul Colom also scores with his illustrations!
Megan Tollefson
Sep 24, 2014 Megan Tollefson rated it really liked it
2014 - Multicultural Literature - This is a fun story following the history of baseball, placing an emphasis on the way it can make people come together for a common purpose.
Jul 18, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
This is baseball pure and simple! Beautifully written and the artwork is amazing! This surely could win awards this year! Nice too having a local author here in cincinnati!
Gary Anderson
Jun 21, 2015 Gary Anderson rated it it was amazing
This is a fine, comprehensive tribute to America's game. I can easily imagine young baseball fans spending hours exploring the artwork's nuances.
Sep 04, 2015 MH rated it really liked it
Raul Colon's luminous illustrations and Borden's crackling verse convey the joy and exuberation of playing the game of baseball.
Ryan Laferney
Apr 07, 2015 Ryan Laferney rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful Children's book that gives a great overview of the history of America's favorite game.
Sarah Stacey
Jun 16, 2014 Sarah Stacey rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book to share with your young baseball fans! Actually made me tear love love it!
Edward Sullivan
A poetic celebration of the all-American sport beautifully illustrated by Raúl Colón.
Michelle Gray
Aug 08, 2016 Michelle Gray rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
A delightful book about baseball. I could just feel the game as I read it.
Apr 03, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I don't even really like baseball and I adored this book! It's a keeper!
Aug 10, 2015 Danielle added it
Shelves: picture-books
A fantastic tribute to the game, its players, and its fans.
Take me out to the ball game! I'm not even a baseball fan, and I loved this book. With beautiful imagery and vivid sensory details, this book takes you inside the experience of baseball with joy and excitement. With tributes to baseball greats, the atmosphere of the ball park, and baseball's rituals, Borden creates a love letter to the great American game. The illustrations are beautiful, the word choice and design perfect. This book will be loved in my classroom. I'm going to wait to read it to ...more
Mar 18, 2014 katsok rated it really liked it
Beautiful picture book.
reviewed June, 2014
Pam P
Apr 16, 2014 Pam P rated it it was amazing
This book captures the feeling of being at a baseball game with all of the traditions that go along with this great sport! Lots of baseball vocabulary inserted throughout (how can you talk about baseball without the lingo?) and wonderful illustrations that provide a soft, vintage feel. I did not know that FDR sent a signal to light the first night game in Cincinnati! Be sure to read "A Note to the Reader" at the end. Perfect to read aloud at the start of baseball season!
I LOVED this book about baseball. After all, what epitomizes summer better than baseball. Louise Borden eloquently tells the reader what baseball is, while fitting in many historical details. She shows the reader that baseball is as American as apple pie and that it is an important part of our landscape. I can't wait to share this with my 5th graders!
I love the game of baseball, and this book captures the elements so beautifully…
wonderful illustrations, and informative text.
a book that can be read and examined on many levels, adult as well as youngsters--definitely a book to keep and treasure.
Jillian Heise
The poetic prose in this ode to all of the elements and meanings of the game and ways baseball has touched the lives of individuals and history of this country lead to an inspiring book full of awe, pride, and nostalgia.
Mar 18, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Baseball lovers: this is a must read! Pulls everything we love about baseball into one book and captures every moment and feeling of going to a game. Made me want to go to a game right now! Can't wait for Opening Day!
Mary Lee
Oct 04, 2014 Mary Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, sports
I didn't catch baseball fever, so I can't share Louise's love for the game as an insider. But her writing makes me wish I could.
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There were already two Louises in my family when I was born: my mother and my grandmother, Nana, who lived with us when I was growing up. So early on, I was given the name Leezie. This is a name that my family still calls me. Years later, my niece was born and also named Louise. Then there were four of us with the same name! Louise is a fine name to have except that people often spell it incorrect ...more
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