Look InsideExtra Innings Website A revised Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the San Diego Padres 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on the history, great victories and memorable personalities, the books have an enduring quality that will not go out of date quickly.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
Part of a 30-book series, this title is another winner from Mark Stewart. When it comes to sports books, especially for capable readers, you cannot go wrong with Stewart. The motto for the series, "Smart Books for Young Fans," summarizes it well. These books are thorough, but attractive. There are plenty of photographs, captions, and statistics. But there is also well-researched text that provides useful information for sports fans.
Arlington Independent School District, July 2012
High-interest sports book that tells the story of the San Diego Padres. Next, is information about star players - past and present and their contributions to the team. The book also includes information about the team's managers and a timeline highlighting important moments in Mariner history. There are two pages of quotes by team members. Each page has color pictures and vocabulary words are bolded. The font is large and less intimidating for struggling readers. Recommended.
Richardson Independent School District Professional Library, 2012