Playing Right Field by Willy Welch

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One Saturday afternoon, a young boy laments his less-than-exciting position on the baseball team. From way out in right field, he daydreams about making a great play like his major league heros. Suddenly, the boy awakens from his reverie to find that everyone is cheering in his direction, and he makes a catch that's better than anything he imagined.
 

About Willy Welch

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Willy Welch is an author, songwriter, and actor. His books include Dancing with Daddy and Playing Right Field (Scholastic). Willy lives in Dallas, Texas. Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Encouraged by his father, Joseph Simont, an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine "L'Illustration, " Marc Simont drew from a young age. Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York, he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher. When he was nineteen, Mr. Simont settled in America permanently, determined to support himself as an artist. His first illustrations for a children's book appeared in 1939. Since then, Mr. Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books, working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's "The Happy Day, " and in in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in "A Tree is Nice, " by Janice May Udry. Internationally acclaimed for its grace, humor, and beauty, Marc Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is "The Stray Dog.
 
Published June 1, 2000 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Right field is the place the slowest and worst players are sent.

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The first-time children's author, however, falters occasionally with the rhythm (""Sometimes I'd dream I was Mathews or Mays/ hitting home runs and making great plays./ But they were so graceful, and they were so fast;/ they never batted last"").

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""This perky rhyming tale is bound to strike a chord with chronic outfielders of any age,"" said PW.

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