Overtime Website Look Inside Ever wonder where a team from Baltimore got its name The Ravens? Who would have thought a football team would get its name from a poem by Edgar Allan Poe? The Baltimore Ravens by Mark Stewart offers young fans a look into one of the greatest defensive teams in the NFL while including fun facts, team spotlights such as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, and pictures of Ravens memorabilia. Have a young fan who likes to argue sports? Dont miss the Great Debates section where readers get insight into some of the greatest debates surrounding the Ravens and professional football! Team spirit is that deep passion shared by the players and fans when they wear the same colors, watch the same scoreboard, and cheer the same triumphs. This popular series has been completely revised and updated for the Fall 2012 release. Book updates include new team information, records, photos, and timelines as well as new features like GREAT DEBATES and GLORY DAYS. Once you finish the book, you can go to the OVERTIME WEBSITE where each football team has its very own webpage to accompany the reading material. This site will be updated throughout the season and postseason with kid-friendly news about their favorite football teams - the perfect source for up-to-date statistics and player information for young sports fans.
Each book in this football series follows the same format with 2-4 page sections on various topics. The books do a good job of balancing historical and current information. The "Overtime" section on the publisher's website provides updates on developments that have happened for the team since the books were published, as well as additional player information and statistics. vocabulary is well-defined and designated as sports or general vocabulary. Layout is not cluttered, and pictures are good quality. The author makes an effort to connect the teams with the communities in which they play. Fans will enjoy reading these books.
Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, 2013
Title, cover, and headings are in bright purple, one of the team colors, to attract fans. With colorful pictures galore, the history, accomplishments, and some important personalities of the team are explained. Some quotes by their team members add interest, as does a map, with important places and other places to find more information. A glossary of football terms which are used in bold is included, plus an index and contents page. It will not sit on the shelves.
C. Kinzler, LM Brown
Well written, good use of vocabulary (figurative, symbolism, and imagery), and excellent use of text features. They add to the story and will engage students. Excellent cross-curriculum text.
San Diego Unified School District