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An engaging picture book that really hits home—just in time for baseball season!
When Zachary’s father catches a foul ball at Fenway Park and gives it to him, something really amazing happens - suddenly, Zachary finds himself on the pitcher’s mound, wearing a Red Sox uniform! As long as Zachary has the ball, all of his baseball fantasies seem to come true. But can he hold on to its magic?
With simple text and striking black-and-white pencil drawings, Matt Tavares brings to life the fantasy of every baseball fan and evokes the spirit of a beloved pastime.
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Matt Tavares says of ZACHARY'S BALL, "In this age of Astro Turf and retractable dome stadiums, I wanted to create a story that portrayed baseball in a simple, timeless way—a child going to an old-time ballpark with his fielder's mitt, hoping to catch a foul ball or maybe even see his hero hit a homerun." Matt Tavares lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.From Publishers Weekly:
Magic, nostalgia and the power of a child's imagination come into play with winning results in the pencil illustrations of Tavares's debut children's book. Told in flashback, the tale opens with a wide-angle view of Fenway Park and the boy's awestruck comment, "I had never been inside a ballpark until that day." A remarkable drawing of one of Zachary's Red Sox heroes evokes a camera close-up of the hitter with the crowd's faces slightly out of focus. Zachary's father catches the resulting pop fly and hands it to his son, who, in a Field of Dreams-style suspension of disbelief, is immediately transported to the pitcher's mound. Wearing a Red Sox uniform, the boy throws a third strike to win the game, then finds himself back in the stands with his father. Back home, Zachary sleeps with the ball each night and dreams that he is on the field, performing more crowd-pleasing feats. Though the narrative's transitions (from the main action into the dreams, and between past and present) are a bit choppy, it ends on an upbeat note: years later, the narrator catches a home-run ball outside the park and gives the ball to a girl walking by with her father. The timeless quality of Tavares's black-and-white pencil illustrations is in perfect pitch with the story's setting and theme. Close-up images of Zachary convincingly convey the boy's elation in his moments of ball-playing triumph--a feeling with which young baseball fans will surely identify. Ages 7-12.
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Book Description Candlewick, 2002. Condition: New. Matt Tavares (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0763617687
Book Description Candlewick, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0763617687
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