Look InsideExtra Innings Website A revised Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers 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on the history, great victories and memorable personalities, the books have an enduring quality that will not go out of date quickly.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
This is a great series of baseball books. The author, Mark Stewart, includes many interesting facts outside of the baseball genre. Thos eof us, and students, who are not necessarily sports fans can still enjoy these books. In The Los Angeles Dodgers edition, there were interesting facts about the first Dodger stadium in Brooklyn, built on the site where George Washington had his headquarters. The Dodgers were also the first team to sign an African American when they signed Jackie Robinson which began a whole new dynamic in baseball. Very well done and for all ages. Recommended.
Arlington Independent School District Professional Library, 2012
Fans of the Dodger Blue and baseball alike will love this updated book that celebrates all things Dodger. The updated Team Spirit series by Norwood House Press covers both National and American League teams. The author has added an emphasis on content that will be appreciated by true fans of baseball including a chapter on historical debates surrounding the teams and a look at souvenirs and memorabilia. Readers are also able to explore the history and key players for each team through content that is rich with photographs and graphics. Each book in the series contains the exact same chapters. This feature would make this series a great set of books for introducing students to non-fiction text features. It would also support a class research project.
Arlington Independent School District, 2012
'Team Spirit' is a six volume series of 'kid friendly' books showcasing some of the best teams in American baseball, along with color photography illustrated highlights from the 2006 World Series. Designed to be accessible and engaging for young readers in grades 3 through 6, each individual book features a sturdy binding for an extended shelf life and multiple readership. The titles comprising this highly recommended series include "The Baltimore Orioles"; "The Detroit Tigers"; The Houston Astros"; "The Lost Angeles Dodgers"; "The Saint Louis Cardinals"; and "The Seattle Mariners". Each title is available individually (Library). Also very highly recommended are four 'Team Spirit' titles newly available in Spanish: "Los Heat de Miami"; "Los Lakers de Los Angeles"; "Los Mets de Nueva York"; and "Los White Sox de Chicago".
CHILDREN'S BOOKWATCH, April 2007
“The Team Spirit series covers all the teams in the three major professional sports leagues—baseball, football, and basketball. Each book follows the exact same format, and the large print, colorful pictures, maps, time lines, and quotes make for an easy read and offer an eye-catching layout. Fans of the teams will not find much new information as the series is more of a basic introduction. Those with little knowledge of the sport or of the specific team would be well served to peruse these titles. Although most books provide a nice and simple introduction, some material is left out or forgotten. Several Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl titles were not listed on the time line of important team events. Most middle school sports fans will enjoy the series, but even some of these students might find the reading and material too simplistic. The series could also be useful for ESL students or teachers looking for low level/high interest nonfiction.”
VOYA, October 2007