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 Softball (Blastoff! Readers. Level 2. Let's Play Sports!)
 Author: Downs, Kieran

 Publisher:  Bellwether Media (2021)

 Dewey: 796.357
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 24 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 289112 ISBN: 9781644874271
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Team sports
 Sports for women

Price: $22.76

Relevant images match informative text in this introduction to softball, including the rules of the game and the gear needed to make plays.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 511142

   School Library Journal (04/01/21)
   Booklist (08/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2021 Gr 1–3—Seeking a simplified introduction to popular sports for emerging readers? This series is a solid choice. Karate describes some of the basic moves that students learn in their dojos and shares photos of kids competing in kata events and kumite matches. Lacrosse showcases the rules of the game, the skills needed for different positions, the necessary gear, and the layout of the field. Readers of Softball will see its many similarities to its popular sibling, baseball, learning all about batting, fielding, base running, and essential gear. Volleyball shares descriptions of the different positions and some basic rules as well as explaining the gear and court layout. The inclusive photos highlight BIPOC athletes of different genders as well as differently abled athletes throughout the series. With bolded glossary terms and clean, brightly colored layouts, this series is eye-catching and informative. VERDICT It's a win-win! Recommended for general purchase. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 08/01/2021 Young readers will have a ball with the latest entries in the Let's Play Sports! series (4 new titles). Karate explores this Japanese sport, whose popularity has spread all around the world. In Softball, readers are introduced to this widely played sport, its rules, and equipment; inclusive photos show people of diverse abilities and backgrounds enjoying softball. Each title will grab young readers' attention with colorful layouts, large full-color photographs, and clear text. Diagrams and labeled equipment will further help readers understand each sport, and champion spotlights highlight decorated individuals and their achievements. Titles will leave readers with a clear understanding of each sport and its rules, and the easy-to-follow text makes this series perfect for young nonfiction fans. A glossary, list of additional book and web resources, and index round out each title. Perfect for young audiences that are itching to learn about sports. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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