From the Set 21st Century Skills Innovation Library
In the complex world of the 21st century, the ability to use innovation to solve problems or make products better is a critical skill for kids to possess. This book uses a sport kid's love, baseball, to highlight how innovation has been used to make the game and the people who play them better.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.5|
|Guided Reading Level|
|Publisher||Cherry Lake Publishing|
|Available Formats||Reinforced book (9781602792555), PDF (9781602794047), ePub (9781631379611), Hosted ebook (9781602794047H), Kindle (9781624319570)|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 9.5|
School Library Journal
Innovators discussed here range from athletes and coaches to officials and equipment makers. Each book introduces ideas about problem solving as they relate to sports. For example, Skateboarding describes how one enthusiast improved wheel design after he noticed how a vacuum cleaner worked, and the ensuing text informs readers that creativity can involve making connections between seemingly unrelated things. Overall, however, these books use a traditional approach to their topics, providing brief overviews of the history, rules, equipment, and training of each sport. The texts are clear and concise if somewhat dry, and are supplemented by crisp action shots and close-ups of equipment. Appeal will be limited to report writers.
Author: Michael Teitelbaum
Michael Teitelbaum has been a writer and editor of children‘s books and magazines for more than twenty years. He was editor of Little League Magazine for Kids; is the author of a two-volume encyclopedia on the Baseball Hall of Fame, published by Grolier; and was the writer/project editor of Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, a character education program based on the life of Jackie Robinson, created for Scholastic inc. and Major League Baseball. Michael is the author of Great Moments in Women‘s Sports, published by Gareth Stevens, and Sports in America: The 1980s, published by Facts on File. His latest work of fiction is The Scary States of America, published by Delacorte in 2007. Michael and his wife, Sheleigah, live in New York City, where they root for the Mets.
- Play Ball!
- Rules and Strategy
- Some Famous Innovators
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- About the Author