Great book for elementary students. Each chapter is full of great, easy to read info and pictures. Really enjoy the timeline, mini-bios on team stars, as well as words used in the sport. ll school should have this series. 5/5
Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, 2011
Named the Indianapolis Colts, the team with the simple horseshoe on their helmet is anything but simple. Originally they were called the Baltimore Colts. When their team owner wanted a new stadium and Maryland would not comply, he moved them to Indianapolis. Interestingly, the Colts today are known for the same style of play they had when in Baltimore and when they were winning Super Bowls. Johnny Unitas led the Colts with his amazing passing prowess. Today it is in that same tradition that Peyton Manning, son of former professional football quarterback Archie Manning, is using to lead a talented and determined team. Mark Stewart has written a colorful and informative book. Color photographs grace the pages and make the legendary Colts come alive. As with other titles in the “Team Spirit” series, Stewart not only describes the history and skill of the Colts, but their team play and strong bonds as a professional athletic team. Included are numerous sections of facts and player quotes, as well as sections for further exploration. This book provides fun and information to the young reader. A good addition to any library.
Young sports fans will welcome this series’ offerings covering major basketball, football, and baseball teams. Each book begins with an introduction to the team, some history, and information on the team today. The venue in which the team plays is described with many statistics. The team’s uniforms, and the changes these have had over the years, as well as an introduction to the parts of the uniform specific to each sport, are covered. The books give vital statistics on pioneers and super stars of each team. Unfamiliar words related to the sport are typed in bold and explained in either the glossary, or in a separate section of “other words to know.” A section of “Fun Facts” offers supplemental information, such as Joe DiMaggio marrying Marilyn Monroe or David Robinson growing nine inches during his time at the Naval Academy. Records are listed, and a list of places to visit, as well as books, Web sites, and a map showing the birthplaces of the players, make these books useful for the browsing fan or the student doing a report on a favorite team. The tone is consistently positive, and controversy related to the team is kept out of the discussions. This series is valuable for the youngest sports fans. Timeline. Index. Recommended.
LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION, November/December 2006
The "Team Spirit series by Mark Stewart is an exciting and thoroughly "kid friendly' collection of historical, biographical, and pictorial introductions to several of the greatest baseball, football, and basketball teams in American history. Featuring the remarkable athletic accomplishments, achievements, records and historical landmarks of professional sports, the "Team Spirit" series includes baseball's The Atlanta Braves (159953007), The Chicago Cubs (1599530015), The Chicago White Sox (1599530060), and The New York Yankees (1599530031); football's The Dallas Cowboys (159953004X), The Indianapolis Colts (1599530058), The New England Patriots (1599530066), and The Philadelphia Eagles (1599530074); basketball's The Detroit Pistons (1599530-082), The Miami Heat (1599530090), The Phoenix Suns (159530104), and the San Antonio Spurs(1-59953-11-2). Providing young sports enthusiasts in grades 3 to 6 with the history of the team, the present day team lineup, the home stadium, history of the uniform, key players, team legends, a team timeline, fun facts, team influences and coaches, quotes, major records and awards, TOC, glossary, index, and places to for each team, the twelve volume "Team Spirit" series is very strongly recommended for school and community library collections.
Midwest Book Review, 2006