Kid Lit Reviews presents an excerpt from the new children’s book Betsy’s Day at the Game by Greg Bancroft and Katherine Blackmore. Betsy spends the day with Grandpa at a baseball game. They enjoy watching their favorite players while Betsy shows Grandpa her score-keeping skills. Kids of all ages can learn how to keep score and then use the blank baseball/softball score sheet to score a real game. To read a review of the book, click HERE. I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Betsy’s Day at the Game!
Betsy’s Day at the Game
By Greg Bancroft
“Elisabeth, Grandpa’s here,” Betsy’s mom called out. A car pulled in to the driveway. Betsy came running with her Boo Bag.
“Grandpa!” Betsy shrieked as she jumped into his arms. Her grandfather swung her around and gave her a kiss.
“Are you ready for some baseball, Betsy Boo?” he asked her, using her nickname.
“She’s been ready since breakfast,” her mother answered. “She’s been making sure she had everything in her Boo Bag.”
Betsy smiled. She had remembered her glove, scorebook, pencil, and hat. They were all in her special bag.
“Let’s go,” Grandpa said. They buckled up and drove to the ballpark.
Along the way, the two of them talked about all the things that had happened at Betsy’s house the past week. Betsy and her brother, Peter, each skinned a knee, the new kitten, Noodles, climbed high in the tree and was rescued by some linemen working nearby, she stayed at her best friend Kelly’s house and watched scary movies, Uncle Joe cooked something really good, and she read two new books.
“Wow,” Grandpa said, chuckling a bit. “That’s quite a list. Noodles in the tree would have been a good week all by itself.”
“No kidding,” Betsy agreed. “All that—and baseball too!”
“It doesn’t get much better,” they said in unison and nodded to each other.
Betsy put on her cap.
Soon, they were at the ballpark. On the outside, it was a tall building with walkways everywhere. Flags fluttered on their poles. There were people and noise all around. They were in the middle of a very busy part of the city. The ballpark added to the commotion. Betsy walked close to Grandpa and held his hand tightly. Her Boo Bag was slung over her shoulder. She wasn’t scared, just overwhelmed. There were vendors and souvenirs, loud music, smoky grills, and legs. Legs everywhere. It was difficult to see very far ahead, but it was very exciting. She couldn’t wait to get inside the park.
In the middle of the crowded city, the brick walls opened up to reveal a beautiful baseball diamond. Like a pop-up book. It was magic. They had great seats. Betsy could see every part of the field perfectly.
She turned to Grandpa and asked, “What do you like the most—smelling the grass, reading the scoreboard, or watching the people?”
He took a deep breath. “I like the smell of the grass.”
Betsy took a deep breath. “Me too.”
“Actually,” Grandpa said as he leaned into her, kissing the top of her head,
“I like it all … and I especially like it when I’m with you, Boo!”
Betsy was so happy. She wanted this day to last forever. Then she remembered!
Her scorebook! It was nearly game time, and she had not written anything in it yet. She quickly retrieved it from her Boo Bag, along with her pencil, and began to write. In the margin, she wrote about Noodles, the skinned knees, the scary movies, and Uncle Joe. She noted that it had been a very hot and humid week.
“Got everything in there?” Grandpa asked. He remembered when another little girl used to do the same thing in her scorebook.
Betsy’s Day at the Game will be reviewed here on Wednesday, April 17th. You can reach the review by clicking HERE.
If you would like to know more about the author, illustrator, or publisher follow the links below.
Author, Greg Bancroft:
Featured on the Girl Scout Studio: http://studio.girlscouts.org/author/greg-bancroft/
Illustrator, Katherine Blackmore:
Publisher, Scarletta Kids:
Betsy’s Day at the Game Tour Dates: http://scarlettapress.blogspot.com/2013/04/play-ball-betsys-day-at-game-goes-on.html
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