Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Miracle Mud is a Fun Baseball Book for Kids

Well, I have to say that our family has World Cup fever.  However, deep in the recesses of our sports obsessed brains, we have not forgotten about our first love, baseball.  It may be on the back burner for now, but rest assured, when the futball mania has ended, we will return ... I think.  But we still love baseball books, and with season in full swing, I have a fun one to add to your collection.

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Title:       Miracle Mud

Author:  David Kelly

Target:   Grade 1-4

What this book is about: 
Lena Blackburne wanted to be a great baseball player …. but he wasn’t.  What he never expected to do was fix a problem that had plagued players for years … wet and soggy baseballs.  Because baseballs arrive from the factory shinny and slick, they are difficult for pitchers to throw and batters to hit.  They were using buckets of water, spit, tobacco, and shoe polish to prime the balls, but nothing really worked.  Nothing, that is, until Lean Blackburne came across some mud … miracle mud!

Why I love this book: 
Not all kids can be famous athletes, but all kids have the ability to solve problems.  I love this book because Lena was able to become successful in the game he loved, even though he wasn’t as great an athlete as he would have like to be.  A nice message for kids.

The graphics in the book are striking and really evoke the feel and nostalgia of the game.  I like that kids get to learn a little tidbit about baseball that they probably didn’t know before.

Who this book is for: 
Well kids who love baseball will enjoy the story, but the message of creative ingenuity is great for all kids

Final thoughts: 
I am not this enthusiastic about the mud my kids bring home.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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