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Author: Tate, Nikki
In interwoven narratives, a young girl and her mother support one another as one tries out for the baseball team and the other interviews for a bricklaying job, then celebrate their success together.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/20)
The Hornbook (00/05/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2020 In parallel stories—with literally parallel illustrations—a girl tries out for a baseball team while her mother interviews for a job. Brief lines of words or short phrases give the story an energetic pace that matches the movements of the main characters as they check their equipment and get ready. For the daughter, “Cap. Glove. Shoes” moves into “Bat steady. Wait to swing. Spring. Slide. Leap. Spin.” The mother, who is a bricklayer, meets with potential clients, describes her vision for their new patio, and begins sampling work: “Gloves. Goggles. Boots . . . Job site. Wheelbarrow. Oozing mortar.” This family is real. Red-haired, freckled mom has tattoos and is worrying over meals and bills, but she also is a successful businessperson and skilled tradeswoman. The daughter, of light-brown skin and hair, does her chores and her homework and then is ready to step up to the mound and pitch at Saturday’s game. The watercolor-and-pastel illustrations depict the concurrent story lines through panels, contrasting the two characters in a humorous and effective way. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.