Look InsideExtra Innings Website A revised Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the Seattle Mariners 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on the history, great victories and memorable personalities, the books have an enduring quality that will not go out of date quickly.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!
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
History of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. Includes bibliographical references and an index. "A Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the Seattle Mariners 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. Large text. Recommended.
Arlington Independent School District, July 2012
High-interest sports book that tells the story of the Seattle Mariners. 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
'Team Spirit' is a six volume series of 'kid friendly' books showcasing some of the best teams in American baseball, along with color photography illustrated highlights from the 2006 World Series. Designed to be accessible and engaging for young readers in grades 3 through 6, each individual book features a sturdy binding for an extended shelf life and multiple readership. The titles comprising this highly recommended series include "The Baltimore Orioles"; "The Detroit Tigers"; The Houston Astros"; "The Lost Angeles Dodgers"; "The Saint Louis Cardinals" and "The Seattle Mariners". Each title is available individually. Also very highly recommended are four 'Team Spirit' titles newly available in Spanish: "Los Heat de Miami"; "Los Lakers de Los Angeles"; "Los Mets de Nueva York"; and "Los White Sox de Chicago".
CHILDREN'S BOOKWATCH, April 2007
The Team Spirit series covers all the teams in the three major professional sports leagues—baseball, football, and basketball. Each book follows the exact same format, and the large print, colorful pictures, maps, time lines, and quotes make for an easy read and offer an eye-catching layout. Fans of the teams will not find much new information as the series is more of a basic introduction. Those with little knowledge of the sport or of the specific team would be well served to peruse these titles. Although most books provide a nice and simple introduction, some material is left out or forgotten. Several Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl titles were not listed on the time line of important team events. Most middle school sports fans will enjoy the series, but even some of these students might find the reading and material too simplistic. The series could also be useful for ESL students or teachers looking for low level/high interest nonfiction.”
VOYA, October 2007