20,000 Baseball Cards Under the Sea
20,000 Baseball Cards Under the Sea

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Annotation: Roger's friend Kenneth uses an unusual sea vehicle of his own design to take them to an underwater cave, where a cache of old loot gathered by the mermaids turns out to contain a lot of very valuable old baseball cards.
Catalog Number: #308475
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 1991
Edition Date: 1991
Pages: 47 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-679-81569-4 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3933-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-679-81569-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3933-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 90040704
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Roger and his friend Kenneth travel to an underwater cave where a stash of loot collected by mer-people is stored, including a trunk containing packages of valuable baseball cards. Average, cartoonlike drawings accompany a flat, uninteresting text.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-- Roger's elderly friend, Kenneth, who is a collector and a recycler, is upset about having his taxes raised. He takes the boy for an amazing ride in his homemade submarine to his undersea storage shed where Roger finds a trunkful of valuable baseball cards worth enough money to buy a Corvette and pay the taxes. Roger keeps his favorite card concluding that, ``Some things are worth more than money.'' It is doubtful that young readers will relate to themes of escalating taxes and selling baseball cards to buy a car that Roger cannot drive. On the other hand, the colorful cartoon illustrations are appealing and contribute greatly to the mundane text. The vocabulary and sentence structure are age appropriate. Marzollo's Soccer Sam or Donnelly's The Titanic: Lost & Found (both Random, 1987) are far more entertaining than this selection. --Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 1,121
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 7351 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.7 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q11914
Lexile: 530L
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

Roger's eccentric, junk-collecting friend Kenneth takes him on an awesome undersea ride in a homemade submarine. Their visit to a subaqueous cavern turns up a wonderful surprise: a cache of supervaluable baseball cards!

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