Look Inside An introductory look at the game of baseball and the Houston Astros. Includes a short history, records, poems, maps, glossary, and index. Younger sports fans can now get an introductory look at some of their favorite sports and the men and women who play the game! Written at a 2nd grade reading level, but geared to readers through grade 6, the easy-to-read text features lots of great photos, trading card reproductions, word games, and more. Authors Mike Kennedy and Mark Stewart have teamed up on more than 100 books, including the popular Team Spirit series.
The Houston Astros from inception to present day. Includes the games for the reader to play as they read, "Brain Games," "Fun on the Field," and "On the Map." Outstanding color photographs of the action in baseball along with Houston Astros players. Recommended.
Richardson Independent School District, June 2011
If you are looking for information about baseball teams for your younger readers, then this series will appeal to you. Each title includes history about the team, ballpark facts, action photos, the ABCs of baseball, brain games, and mascot information. Another feature, the Shoe Box, includes baseball cards and player pins, ranging from the earliest years to recent players. A Geography page shows the team's home base and hometowns of select players. The books are well laid out, pleasing to the eye, and will capture the interest of younger readers. The series format and the photos broaden the appeal to various reading levels. Students, teachers, and school librarians will appreciate their high interest. Glossary. Websites. Recommended.
LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION, October 2010
The easy to read text of each of the seven books of the series (Meet the Astros, Meet the Cardinals, Meet the Dodgers, Meet the Rays, Meet the Cubs, Meet the Red Sox, Meet the Yankees) will provide the young baseball fan with information about the teams, its players and its ballparks. Two-page spreads with pictures of baseball cards of some of the team's outstanding players, a map showing where some of its stars were born, its uniforms and record-holders are included. Two challenges for readers are included: a photograph challenging the reader to find how many things they see in the photograph starts with a particular letter, and a limerick followed by two facts only one of which is true. Four baseball terms are described, and index and a referral to the team's website are included. The series provides lower-level readers an opportunity to learn about the teams for information usually provided at high reading levels.
Book Buzz, August 2010