Daniel is looking forward to a terrific
summer. He has just finished third grade, his best friend’s
birthday party is only a few days away, and best of all, he’ll
have plenty of time to read up on butterflies and add to his collection.
The only problem is his little brother. Joey is always in the
way, he’s a tattletale, and worst of all, he’s a better
baseball player than Daniel will ever be.
Things take a surprising turn when Joey has an accident and Daniel
discovers that there’s more to his pesky brother—and
to Daniel’s own abilities—than he expected.
Behind the Story
I began writing Baseball and Butterflies when my two
sons, Peter and Christopher were young and always competing with
each other. They were making me crazy and I found that writing
about it helped to bring their squabbles into perspective for
me. But the book is not really about Peter and Christopher. I
got the idea for Joey to burn his hand from the time when I was
young and my younger brother David burned his hand on the stove
in the same way. The part about Danial not wanting to go to the
birthday party is really based on the fact that I did not want
to go to school when I was in kindergarten through second grade.
And the idea to have the two brothers play on the baseball team
as one player came from a news paper article I read. Material
for my books comes from everything I do, read, and experience.