VOYA - Shana MoralesFor young readers, the World Series Champions book series provides a basic introduction to sixteen Major League baseball teams, including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals. To true baseball fans looking for an age-appropriate read, this series falls far from the mark. Made up primarily of photos, and large font, the reading level is extremely low and those with interest in the topic will likely already know everything being covered. The Boston Red Sox title has noticeable flaws that those who know the team will be likely to notice. These flaws include having a player who has never won a world series and is no longer on the team featured on the cover, as well as perpetuating myth as fact, and the misuse of baseball terms. The New York Yankees title fails to appropriately define the word "Yankee." Certain words in all three titles are meant to stand out, their fonts and coloring are different and you can find their definitions in the glossary. Unfortunately the words chosen do not always make the most sense, and many repeat from book to book. For a basic introduction for younger readers, these titles will do, but there are better resources available if you have children and teens who are passionate about sports. Reviewer: Shana Morales
Children's Literature - Justina EngebretsonIn 1882, the baseball team now known as the Saint Louis Cardinals had their season debut. For a long time, the Cardinals were not a high ranking team, but that changed in 1926, when they won their first World Series championship. Since that year, the Cardinals have definitely earned the right to be called baseball champions. With this early reader, young Cardinal fans will learn some fun, quick facts about their team, such as their location, winning history, past and present key players, and how they got their name. Each page focuses on a specific theme and paragraphs are concise yet informative, making this a perfect book for early elementary readers. Young fans will love the two pages of card-like player photographs that are a trademark of the “World Series Champions” series. In this book, there is a table of contents, page headings, glossary, and index, making this a fun resource for teaching young sports fans about nonfiction text features. Overall, this book will be a favorite among young baseball fans. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson AGERANGE: Ages 6 up.
School Library JournalGr 2�4—Focusing on the baseball organizations that have played in the World Series, these titles provide chronologically organized information about the featured teams. Key players are introduced in a few sentences. Some unique features of the set are the chapters on how each team got its name. Fans will be disappointed to see that in the sections about each team's stadium, the spread-size photos do not always depict a full scene or the park at all. Red Sox, for example, presents only a corner of the famous Fenway Park; Yankee and Cardinals show helicopter views of each team's city, but not the stadiums themselves. Otherwise, the photos are interesting and full of action. Young fans who want to relish the particulars will only want to read the book that represents their favorite team.
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