Look InsideExtra Innings Website A revised Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the Cincinnati Reds that chronicles the history and accomplishments of the team. The Team Spirit series paints an engaging, detailed yet accessible picture of professional sports teams. By focusing on the history, great victories and memorable personalities, the books have an enduring quality that will not go out of date quickly. The text is enhanced with plenty of full color photographs as well as reproductions of vintage trading cards and team memorabilia. Once you have the books, be sure to check out the new EXTRA INNINGS website to go along with the reading material! This site will be continuously updated with all new information on every baseball team the perfect source for up-to-date statistics and player information for young sports fans. Each website includes: Achievement Updates, More Go-To Guys, More Fun Facts, League Leaders, and more!
There are so many good features about this series. The highly visual layout of the Team Spirit books will be popular for upper elementary and middle school baseball fans. The books are divided into multiple short sections that are the same in each book. This could contribute to an effection lesson on text structure with different students exploring books from this series and looking at the features for comparison. The large photographs have good resolution, and layout is uncluttered and easy to follow. Special features like the timeline, fun facts, and Great Debates are well done. The "Talking Baseball" quotes could appeal to teachers looking for ways to help students interpret quotations. Map features provide an opportunity to expose students to U.S. and world geography. The glossary has icons that differentiate between sports vocabulary and other vocabulary. The lack of subheadings within most of the sections does create some large "chunks" of text that may be intimidating to some struggling readers, but if they are interested in the content, the text is written well and they may stick to it. This is a good update to the previous series, and the Extra Innings section on the Norwood Press website provies updates through the current season as well as some additional player information not included in the books.
Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, 2013
History of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Includes bibliographical references and an index. "A Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the Cincinnati Reds that chronicles the history and accomplishments of the team. Includes access to the Team Spirit website which provides additional information, updates and photos." Good examples of nonfiction text features- timelines, labeling, glossary...Recommended.
Arlington Independent School District, July 2012
Looking for a way to get your kids prepared for the upcoming baseball season? The “Team Spirit” series from Norwood House Press is a great place to start. While the series has been around for a while, there are brand new editions for all thirty MLB teams which include information through the 2011 season.
Full-color photos and images of rare memorabilia are prevalent throughout the Cincinnati Reds book. Author Mark Stewart tells readers about legendary Reds players like Bid McPhee and Ted Kluszewski as well as modern-day stars such as Joey Votto and Johnny Cueto. He even mentions new acquisitions Mat Latos and Sean Marshall, showing just how updated some of the information is.
The book is designed for young readers, but still mentions some debatable topics such as the greatest moment in Reds’ history (Pete Rose‘s 4256 hits vs. Johnny Vander Meer‘s back-to-back no-hitters) and whether the Big Red Machine would beat the 1990 squad. There are two full pages about the first night game, played at Crosley Field in 1935, as well as charts listing all of the Reds’ award winners, pennants, and championships. When your child gets to the end, there is even a glossary to help him understand some words that may be new to him.
My favorite section is “Rumor Has It,” which talks about Big Klu’s football prowess in college, Billy Hatcher‘s hot start in the 1990 World Series, and Billy Bates‘ race against a cheetah.
Bottom-line: this is a fun book that youngsters will get a kick out of, and could start some really good conversations between father and son about your team of choice.
The Writer's Journey, March 2012
The history of baseball teams that span decades is difficult to encapsulate in such slim volumes, but Stewart supplies a smattering of facts, brief biographical tidbits about selected stars, and plenty of photographs. Further information about ballparks, mascots, managers, uniforms, and fanatical fans rounds out the texts. There are ten other spring 2008 books in this series. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Team Spirit titles: The Cincinnati Reds, The Colorado Rockies, The Florida Marlins, The Milwaukee Brewers, The Oakland A's, and The Toronto Blue Jays.]
Horn Book (Fall 2008)