1. Non- Fiction: As a baseball fan, I love that this story is all true! I never even thought about the origin of the signs each team uses and was completely fascinated reading this.
2. Perseverance: One very valuable lesson for kids to learn is to never give up. I love that William Hoy is a perfect example of this.
3. Deaf Applause: Churnin weaves the significance of the deaf applause throughout the story as a common thread for the reader to follow. It really tugs at the heart strings.
4. The Back Matter: I appreciate all of the extra bits of information about William Hoy that was added to the back of the book. Although they don't pertain to the narrative non-fiction story they are interesting additional facts for readers who are looking to know more.
5. The Illustrations: The lines, color choices, and facial expressions all work together fabulously and really add to the enjoyment of the story.
Parents: Have a baseball lover in the house? This book will be a homerun. (sorry, I couldn't help myself)
Teachers: Have reluctant readers who enjoy baseball? This may just be the perfect book for them!
Writers: Extremely well done narrative non-fiction; weaving in a common thread; including only the details that pertain to the narrative and leaving other interesting facts to the back matter; choosing a topic kids will care about