Baseball Saved Us
by Ken Mochizuki
Illustrated by Dom Lee
Reviewed by Loran K. (age 8), Victoria W. (age 9) and Joey M. (age 8)
Loran K., Victoria W. and Joey M. are students in Mrs. Friel's 3rd Grade Class
This book is about a boy and his family who gets forced to go to military camp because America is at war with Japan. A few months later, the radio was talking about a far place called Pearl Harbor. The family had to move really fast. His mom cried a lot. When they arrived at this camp it was really dirty and dusty. Military camp was awful to them. They felt lonely and miserable. A couple of days later the kids and adults started digging up holes and making benches for their baseball field. Their moms took off covers from mattresses to make uniforms. Then they made their teams and the kids played the adults. The boy wasn't so good at baseball. Read the book to find out if he hit a home run or if he struck out. Baseball saved them because it lead them to victory because it was the only thing they could do. This book was told by the boy in the story.
We liked the book because all three of us like baseball. All of us think the book is great because it's about tolerance. Our favorite part is when he hits a home run. We learned that people should never judge people before you know them. This book is like The Kid Who Only Hit Home runs because the kid didn't know how to play baseball so well either. But in the end he learned how to play.
We recommend this book to people who like baseball and tolerance. We think the illustrator's drawing style looks dusty and dirty. The illustrator used dark colors.