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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Slugger is the story of a slug who dreams of making the Creepy Crawler baseball team and never gives up. With the help of a specially designed batting helmet and an open-minded coach, he gets a chance to prove his worth in the bottom of the ninth. Slugger has a great message of trying your hardest despite all odds and not letting the ways you're different from others keep you from achieving your dream.
What's the story?
Ollie is a baseball-loving slug who wants to be on the Creepy Crawler team (full of different kinds of insects), even though by all appearances he has no chance. But he gets a specially designed helmet that lets him bat with his head, practices hard, and begs Coach Roach for a tryout. Then he must prove himself in a game against the Stingers.
Is it any good?
SLUGGER is an uplifting tale of an underdog who makes good. The outcome is a bit predictable, and the story has some holes. (Why does Ollie only have to bat and not field?) But the upbeat picture book's positive message to try hard and go after your dream despite all obstacles and physical limitations is a good one for underdogs everywhere. And David Slonim's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations of insect and slug characters are cute, funny, and loaded with personality.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about slugs. Do you see them come out in the rain? How are they different from snails?
Why are stories about insects so popular? What other ones have you read?
What's fun about sports stories? Why do you think the author chose to have the players be insects and a slug instead of humans?
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