“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bats at the Ballgame. Written and Illustrated by Brian Lies. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing c. 2010, 32pp.
Synopsis: This book is a compilation of stanzas with a variety of rhyming patterns. It details a bat baseball game from start to finish. Similar to human baseball, bat baseball involves the same rules and traditions. While humans don’t eat “mothdogs” or “cricket jack,” they do cheer on their favorite team and enjoy the seventh inning stretch. The detailed illustrations of the bat characters in this book depict great emotion; the suspense as two bats await the umpire’s verdict, and the calm disposition of a batter at bat.
Reading Level: 620L
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This book could be used during a unit on poetry. There is also a science connection with the topic of bats; despite being fiction, this book still includes factual information about bats.
CCSS Connection: The poetry in this book lends itself perfectly to CCSS 4 for literature: Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses (first grade) and/or describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song (second grade).