Imagine, you are a member of one of the better teams in the National Football League (NFL), but you do not get into very many real games. Someone comes to you and says, “I know you’ve only thrown three passes, but you will win the Super Bowl this year.” What would you say? Like most, you would smile and wonder if the person was crazy. However, that is exactly the story behind the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory in 2002 under the leadership of Tom Brady. A part of the “Team Spirit” series, this title treats readers to some of the amazing stories surrounding this interesting team. Author Mark Stewart skillfully weaves the history of the New England Patriots into a tapestry of fun for younger readers. He begins as with all books in this series with history, then follows with many of the achievements and stories surrounding individual players and coaches. Stories like the one above abound in the history of the Patriots. Of course to read about the “Snow Plow” game, readers will have to open the cover of the book. Photographs included in the text really help illustrate the players and their time as Patriots. This book is a good addition to any nonfiction library collection.
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
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