Look InsideExtra Innings Website A revised Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the San Francisco Giants 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on the history, great victories and memorable personalities, the books have an enduring quality that will not go out of date quickly.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
As expected, Mark Stewart provides a well-thought out and organized introduction to the San Francisco Giants. He traces the history of the team back to New York, discusses famous players and managers, looks at the fans and lore, and much more. Famous moments in history are relived (including the defeat of the Texas Rangers in the World Series). Though Bary Bonds is in several sections, his controversial involvement with steroids is not mentioned. This is a book that can be counted on to provide information for both low readers (through great pictures, graphs, and captions) and higher readers. Highly Recommended.
Arlington Independent School District, July 2012
I think students would enjoy reading this book while learning about their favorite baseball team. The book begins by discussing the history of The Giants and the famous players who have played for the team. There are some wonderful illustrations in the book dating back to the 1940s. The book also had information on present day Giants. I particularly liked the question and answer portion, this is appealing to students as these are players they are familiar with today. The book includes timelines, fun facts, records, and achievements in a fun and informative way.
Richardson Independent School District Professional Library, 2012