Whether or not you buy MLB's position that Opening Day is March 22, 2014 in Australia (Sorry Australia, baseball "down under" just doesn't feel right), baseball season, will soon be here. Opening Day for the US and Canada is March 31.
If you are a baseball fan, are raising a young baseball fan, or are trying to connect with a young baseball fan, here's the book for you - a marriage of baseball and animals!
Jordan, Christopher. 2014. Baseball Animals. Plattsburgh, NY: Fenn/Tundra.
Which MLB team shares its name with a songbird that loves acorns?
This blue, black and white bird is thought to be responsible for spreading the oak tree across North America.
If the beautiful photograph of my favorite bird on a stark white background doesn't give you the answer, just turn the page to reveal a full-page action shot of a Toronto Blue Jays batter. (Sorry that I don't know which one. Since they beat the Phillies in the 1993 World Series, I refuse to pay attention to the Blue Jays. We fans have long memories.)
Each baseball page features the team's logo, a full-page action photo taken at the ballpark, and some team uniform trivia. Did you know that the Cardinals (often called the Redbirds) were not named for the beautiful bird, but rather for the color of their original uniforms? Their uniforms were cardinal red. So, presumably they are named after the traditional color of a Catholic cardinal's cassock. Now that's a great baseball trivia question!
Fun and informative, this is a must-have for little baseball fans. I don't know why someone didn't think of it earlier! An Appendix of MLB Teams and Logos rounds out the book - featuring all of the teams - even those sans animals on their logos.
Advance Reader Copy supplied by LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.
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