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Super Baseball Infographics

. 9781467752329. ea vol: 32p. (Super Sports Infographics). chart. chron. ebook available. further reading. glossary. illus. index. maps. notes. websites. Lerner. Apr. 2015. lib. ed. $26.65.
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Gr 3–5—Lerner keeps the ball rolling with these books (previous series include "Super Science Infographics" and "Super Social Studies Infographics"). As with previous titles, these are closer to attractively presented factoids than true infographics. However, there is plenty of fun material for sports fans (diagram of a baseball, player sizes over the years), and these bright, well-designed offerings are a cut above most athletic-oriented titles.
Although there is a paragraph of text on each page, the colorful and instructive infographics (datelines, graphs, charts, etc.) constitute the main narratives of these broad introductions to four major sports, providing unusual statistics and science-based explanations. While pages are cluttered and sometimes hard to read, reluctant readers may find the visual approach appealing. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Review covers the following Super Sports Infographics titles: Super Baseball Infographics, Super Football Infographics, Super Basketball Infographics, and Super Hockey Infographics.
An engaging overview of the world of hockey. Colorful charts and graphs cover topics such as team and individual player statistics and hockey on a global scale. The visuals are dynamic and eye-catching, incorporating motifs of pucks, sticks, and players throughout. Each theme-specific spread includes one or two paragraphs of clear, descriptive text and plenty of easy-to-read facts and figures. For example, sports fans will be interested in the "Count Me In" spread, which charts a steady increase in the number of people to "hit the ice each year" since 1990-1991, when USA Hockey's statistics first became available. An inset graph highlights the six states where participation grew the most between the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons (Hawaii had 71.4 percent growth!). One of the most interesting infographics, "The Price to Play," contrasts the 2013 costs of hockey gear to the prices of equipment for baseball, basketball, and soccer (hockey skates cost $200, almost twice as much as basketball shoes and five times more expensive than both soccer and baseball shoes).

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