Indiana Pacers starting forward/guard Solomon Hill's 6-foot-7-inch, 225-pound frame makes him a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood. But when he reads the funny children's book "How to Babysit a Grandpa" by Jean Reagan, he sounds like a big softie. In a happy coincidence, the story is about role reversals: a little boy reassures his granddad, who's been left in his care.
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Because Hill has more experience taking it to the hole than taking kids on literary journeys, he sounds less like a professional voiceover artist and more like a typical parent or sitter reading to a kid. Which is a good thing. He's just one of the players and members of the Pacers organization who reads a popular children's book on a recorded hotline. Kids of all ages are invited to "Call-a-Pacer" at the Indianapolis Public Library's 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line at (317) 275-4444 or toll-free at (877) 275-9007. The service continues through June 9 with a new weekly reader debuting each Monday.
All-Star forward Paul George takes on "Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend" in a couple weeks. Later in the lineup comes David West's rendition of "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear," just to name a few. It's a safe bet that kids aren't the only ones dialing the service.