Look InsideExtra Innings Website A revised Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the Oakland Athletics 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on the history, great victories and memorable personalities, the books have an enduring quality that will not go out of date quickly.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 revamped Team Spirit series of MLB franchise profiles keeps some of the content from the 2007 editions but adds a good deal of new features and brings each team into the present day. New chapters like "Legend Has It," which looks at unique team lore, and "Talking Baseball," which doles out notable quotes from players and managers, help add some personality to each identically structured book. The best new feature is easily the "Great Debates" spread, which will introduce readers to one of the great joys of fandom: the endlessly debatable "what if" questions in which you can prove your passion and knowledge for your team while pooh-poohing your friend for the same. In The Minnesota Twins, we're invited to decide the team's best shortstop (Zoilo Versailles or Cecil Travis?) and ponder who made the team's most memorable catch (bonus points if you said Sam Rice). The Oakland Athletics treats readers to a debate weighing pitchers Catfish Hunter and Lefty Grove and compares the 1970s A's with the 1930s squad. The Seattle Mariners argues whether the loaded 1995 Mariners lineup would have beaten the 116-win 2001 team, or whether Randy Johnson or Felix Hernandez should be considered the Mariners' all-time best pitcher. And The Toronto Blue Jays compares the arms of Roberto Alomar and Jesse Barfield as well as the curveballs of Roy Halladay and Dave Steib. In all, the new content makes it worth your while to update the series, and links to additional online information seal the deal.
Booklist, May 1st, 2012
The author provides an easy-to-read, comprehensive look at the history of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Providing timelines, fun facts, and highlights of the pioneers of this team, the author draws a vivid picture for the reader to understand the chronology of the Oakland A's. The graphics, illustrations, and pictures solidify the images created by the high interest reading. The great debates at the end of the book challenge the reader and enhances the understanding of this great baseball team. The content is well organized and the format keeps the reader engaged. Highly Recommend.
Richardson Independent School District Professional Library, 2012
History of the Oakland A's. Includes bibliographical references and an index. "A Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the Oakland Athletics that chronicles the history and accomplishments of the team. Includes access to the Team Spirit website which provides additional information, updates and photos." Good examples of nonfiction text features and larger text for easier reading. Recommended.
Arlington Independent School District, July 2012