Bur Bur Throws Out The First Pitch


Bur Bur is a young boy who has the privilege of throwing out the first pitch at a professional baseball game. His parents helped him prepare for the event by practicing throwing, and Bur Bur is proud of his accomplishment.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a positive story about success, with several moral lessons. It engages a toddler/preschooler without being overwhelming.

Content Awareness Factors:

The illustrations are clear but a little sloppy/awkward. The story more than makes up for this!

Little Kid Reaction

My son loves balls, so this book was the favorite in the stack. It was always the first book he selected, the first one read, and the one requested without prompting. "Do you want to read a book when we get home?" "Can we read Bur Bur?" He recogined the shapes of the baseball field and pointed out emotions ("the bear is happy").

Parent Reaction

I loved all the positive encouragement that Bur Bur's parents gave him. Even though their encouragement and praise were part of the story, the words were coming out of my mouth and going into my son's ears - I can't help but think they had an impact on his self-esteem! I was surprised that he liked it as much as he did.

Type of Book:
This is a story filled with parental guidence, encouragement, and love.
Educational Themes:

My son learned that practice is rewarded with success, and that we must have patience to wait our turn. The concept of throwing v. catching, as well as illustrations that offer the chance to talk about equipment and the field.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 3-year-old boy.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. I really recommend borrowing this book from the library, it is excellent.

Title Bur Bur Throws Out the First Pitch
Author JoAnne Pastel, Kaki Fitzsimmons
Publisher Interface Publishing © 2007
Illustrators Lindsay VanDeWeghe
ISBN 9780977712144
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.95
Genres Emotions and Feelings, Sports
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