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
The Smart About Sports series is more about involving young readers in reading about sports than giving the reader in-depth facts and details. Given the target audience of K-3, this is really a smart approach. The young reader is given a balance between a subject that they love and an appropriate level of content. Recommended.
Arlington Independent School District, June 2011