Each book in this football series follows the same format with 2-4 page sections on various topics. The books do a good job of balancing historical and current information. The "Overtime" section on the publisher's website provides updates on developments that have happened for the team since the books were published, as well as additional player information and statistics. vocabulary is well-defined and designated as sports or general vocabulary. Layout is not cluttered, and pictures are good quality. The author makes an effort to connect the teams with the communities in which they play. Fans will enjoy reading these books.
Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, 2013
The National Football League (NFL) is made up of teams with interesting histories. The Philadelphia Eagles make up a part of the colorful tapestry. Founded after the Great Depression, they were named the Eagles because the symbol for the New Deal programs was an eagle. Being in Philadelphia, the birth place of Democracy is also an important distinction for this team. While they have been national champions, their notoriety is in the players who with drive and a little flair have stood out. Defensive player Reggie White, quarterback Ron Jaworski, and currently Randal Cunningham are just a few of these players. Author Mark Stewart delivers to readers a wealth of information regarding this team. Part of the "Team Spirit" series of books, the photographs and text help readers to see how the Philadelphia Eagles exemplify the spirit of team. The different sections, characteristic of all the books within the series, allow the reader variety and focus on areas sometimes left out of informational books. This is a valuable resource for any school or public library nonfiction 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