Look InsideExtra Innings Website A revised Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the New York Mets 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on the history, great victories and memorable personalities, the books have an enduring quality that will not go out of date quickly.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
The book is an interesting and quick read. Well organized and well layed-out. The graphics are bright and colorful as well as varied. Photographs include color and black and white as well as illustrations. Timelines are included to help with perspective. I like the debates (baseball fans always like to debate!), trivia, and fun fact sections. Very interesting book and series!
Arlington Independent School District Professional Library, 2012
Wonderful book from teh Team Spirit series Great format for younger readers to understand. Will definitely be a favorite for our students. Includes uniforms, timeline, team stars, records, etc. Would love to have more in this series.
Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, 2011
New York City is synonymous with progress, power, and money. Songs have been written and sung about this city. The New Year's party that is televised across the nation takes place in Times Square. For sports fans, it is the number of championship teams that have graced the fields of this magnificent city. One of the most storied teams is the New York Mets. While they may not have the history or glamour of the New York Yankees, their roots are deep in the city. Every year, the subway rivalry of these two teams is legendary. In fact, in 2000, the two teams played for the World Series. Two-time world champions, the Mets are seen as the working class team, known for their solid defense and hitting offense. While at times they have been overshadowed by the Yankees and their stars, players such as Mike Piazza and Nolan Ryan have worn the Mets jersey. As with many of his books, author Mark Stewart brings together interesting information and great color photographs to give a good overview of this great baseball team. The nonlinear format of this book makes it an interesting read and less overwhelming for different readers, both in age and ability. As with other books in the "Team Spirit" series, the author focuses on the team but includes general information about the sport being discussed. A good addition to any public or school 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