Change-up (Hardcover)

Baseball Poems

By Gene Fehler, Donald Wu (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780618719624, 48pp.

Publication Date: February 16, 2009

List Price: 16.00*
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Baseball season! For a kid who loves the sport, everything about it is important. Pitching, batting, sliding, winning, losing, Grandpa's knuckleballs, superstitious teammates, cheering spectators—even the infield dust . . . each has a place in the player's life. And all are captured here in Fehler's perceptive, exuberant poetry and Donald Wu's lively illustrations. Readers who play baseball will recognize a kindred spirit in the young narrator whose voice is heard in this book and will share his pleasure in every aspect of the game. Sports fans may even discover that they're poetry fans, too.

About the Author

Gene Fehler is a widely-published and anthologized poet whose work has appeared in children's books, poetry collections, and college textbooks. He is also the author of five books, including two adult nonfiction titles about baseball's golden age. He lives in Seneca, South Carolina.

Praise For Change-up: Baseball Poems

"A home-run gift for a baseball fanatic."--Kirkus Reviews

"With its charming wordplay and humor, this book should win an audience among readers who long for the sun-warmed days of the baseball season all year long."--School Library Journal

"A young player picks out a year's worth of baseball highs and lows. . . . Read alone or aloud, this provides just the ticket for driving out winter doldrums."--Booklist
"With its enticing topic, sympathetic approach, and accessible verse for reading alone or aloud, this will bring youngsters out of the poetry dugout."--The Bulletin