Friday, May 17, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ballgame ... I Mean Yakyu?

I had meant to include this book in my Baseball Opening Day post.  Too many books on the pile!

I hope you enjoy this fun take on baseball!  The season is still in full swing so no excuse not to bring this book home.

Title:       Take Me Out to the Yaykyu

Author:   Aaron Meshon

Target:     Preschool - Grade 1

What this book is about:
This book is a charming comparison of baseball in the US and baseball in Japan.  From the foam fingers, and hot dogs in the US to the plastic horns and soba noodles in Japan, the game may be played the same but the fans each celebrate in their own way.   The one thing the fans have in common - the joy of the game.

Why I love this book:
First off the illustrations are wonderful.  Strong colors and graphics set this book apart with the author/illustrator using blue themes for the US and red for Japan.  

I also loved learning about how the experience of baseball is different for a Japanese fan.  No seventh inning stretch, instead they release balloons.  They only play up to twelve innings, so a game can end in a tie - if they went longer no one would be able to catch the train home.

Who this book if for:
Kids who enjoy going to baseball games will love seeing the different experiences kids their age have in another country.

Final thoughts:
A home run - oh come on, you know I had to write it!

To purchase this book, click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Take Me Out to the Yakyu  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Yippee!

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