If you've ever been to a professional baseball game, you know a baseball player has got to know how to spit! That's just one of the things that Paul B. Janeczko describes in his poems in That Sweet Diamond: Baseball Poems, illustrated by Carol Katchen. You'll find yourself laughing and thinking, Yeah, I've seen that! And the next time you go to a game, you'll know what to do during a rain delay! Janeczko captures the experience of being there in a book children of different ages will like for different reasons. Although the metaphors may escape younger readers, they will enjoy the illustrations that look as if they were drawn with chalk. Older children will appreciate the humor, symbolism, and wide range of subjects found in Janeczko's poetry. Reviewed by Jeff Stephens.

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