Playing Right Field

2:03 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Playing Right Field

Author: Willy Welch
Illustrator: Marc Simont
Publisher: Scholastic, 2000
Reading Level: Ages 4-8

"If I play right field, does that mean I stink?" is a question many kids have asked themselves when sentenced to this not-so-desired position. Playing right field is a book sure to help those concerned over their fate.

"Saturday summers, when I was a kid, we'd run to the school yard, and here's what we did..."

Welch's character is the last one picked and is sentenced to right field.

"You can be awkward and you can be slow./That's why I'm here in right field/watching the dandelions grow."

While watching the dandelions grow, he dreams of the baseball greats- Mays, Matthews... He loses track of the game, but is startled by his teammates' yelling when a fly ball heads his way. The boy's big play makes him reconsider the importance of playing right field. The artistic work of illustrator Marc Simont beautifully adds to the story that started off as a song by Peter, Paul and Mary, on their albums "No Easy Walk to Freedom" and "Peter, Paul and Mommy Two."
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