A compilation of entertaining tales for young readers including stories about baseball, animals, odds and ends, scary things and outer space.
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These tales feature a little bit of all the things that kids find interesting, crazy situations, impossible happenings, fun outings, outrageous laughs, some scarier moments, and a few fascinating looks at the unknown. The author knows a great deal about the likes and dislikes of children because he taught them for 32 years in various disciplines and managed to raise his own while retaining a small portion of sanity. It's all here, whether you like sports, animals, plants, weird-ness, history, scary stuff or science fiction. Something for everybody.
OK. The ball is coming in from the pitcher to the catcher as the batter chooses not to swing. Actually, he is trying to block the view of the catcher from third base because the runner there is attempting to steal home on a play well known as the suicide squeeze. The catcher must look at the incoming pitch and the steamroller simultaneously, knowing the batter must step out of the way. He is not an inexperienced fellow, but on this occasion, his brain locks into numb obstinance trying to switch views. He frames his mitt to catch the ball but, distracted by the impending train, fails to close the glove in time and the ball bounces out, landing on home plate.