A Baseball Story

Children - Picture Book
26 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2016
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Author Biography

R. W. Thompson received his B. S. in Education from Westfield State University before embarking on a career teaching U. S. History, World History, Latin America History and World Geography at the middle school level for fifteen years, and coached football, baseball and wrestling at the high school and junior college level. During that time period he earned his Master of Educational Administration degree and served as an elementary principal in a school with grades K-8 for seventeen years. He is now retired and lives with his wife in Westfield, MA. He has had several articles and short stories published in SOUTHWOODS; A journal for Country Living and poems published by The National Library of Poetry. Daydreaming, A Baseball Story is his third children’s picture book. The first two, The Crystal Butterfly and Mrs. Mouse's Christmas are also published by Create Space publishing and are available at and www.barnesand

Contact: Robert W. Thompson, (413) 562-6271,

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Daydreaming: A Baseball Story is a children's sports picture book written and illustrated by R.W. Thompson. The narrator of the story is a primary school principal who happens to notice two boys walking over to the athletic fields from the window of the staff room. He watches as they approach the baseball diamond and begin playing catch, one in position on the pitcher's mound and the other behind the home plate. As their play continues, the pitcher's throws get more deliberate and less hurried, as if he were considering how to handle an opposing team's batter. Both pitcher and catcher seemed transported to a fantasy game in the ninth inning, with the pendent at stake. The principal found himself, joyfully, also a witness from his vantage point at the window. All three were caught up in the intensity and the magic of the game.

R.W. Thompson's children's sports picture book, Daydreaming: A Baseball Story, was a magical interlude for me as well as I too was transported to a remembered game from the past and re-experienced the glance I, in my position at first base, shared with the pitcher in those moments before he began to wind up for the next one. Thompson's story and illustrations capture both the wonder and immediacy of baseball, and the magic to be found in daydreams and imagination. I loved reading this book and savored the tension and intensity of the players as they played their fantasy game, and then I marveled at the power I had found in a children's picture book. Yes, Daydreaming: A Baseball Story will enthrall the adult who's been charged with reading a story aloud as deeply, if not more so, as it does the young listener, and that's a very rare thing indeed. This stirring story, with its accompanying masterful illustrations, stands out above the usual children's fare and it's most highly recommended.

Jessica J.

I thought this was a wonderful book. My two sons, one eight, the other six loved it and they have re-read it several times since the purchase. Any book that they will be drawn to like that has to be great!