Take Me Out to the Yakyu: with audio recording

Take Me Out to the Yakyu: with audio recording

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by Aaron Meshon
     
 

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Join one little boy and his family for two ballgames—on opposite sides of the world! Includes audio!

You may know that baseball is the Great American Pastime, but did you know that it is also a beloved sport in Japan? Come along with one little boy and his grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, as he learns about baseball and its rich,

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Join one little boy and his family for two ballgames—on opposite sides of the world! Includes audio!

You may know that baseball is the Great American Pastime, but did you know that it is also a beloved sport in Japan? Come along with one little boy and his grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, as he learns about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions. This debut picture book from Aaron Meshon includes audio and is a home run—don’t be surprised if the vivid illustrations and energetic text leave you shouting, “LET’S PLAY YAKYU!”

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Britt
Baseball, though known as the great American pastime, is also a popular sport in Japan. Follow two young boys and their families as they experience a baseball game on two different sides of the world. One boy attends a baseball game in America with his Pop Pop, while the other boy goes to a yakyu game in Japan with his Ji Ji. The grandfathers take their grandsons to a baseball game to teach them the culture of the game. Magnificent and detailed pictures will make readers feel as if they are at these baseball games with the two boys—collecting souvenirs, eating snacks, and cheering along their favorite teams as well. Reviewer: Melissa Britt; Ages 2 to 6.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A young boy compares and contrasts the game of baseball as it is played and enjoyed by fans in the United States and in Japan. He has the good fortune of experiencing the action in both countries. "My American pop pop takes me to watch baseball at the stadium./My Japanese ji ji takes me to watch yakyu at the dome." Everything from transportation to and from the ballpark to snacks, souvenirs, and the appropriate cheers is included, as well as differences in the actual play. A glossary of both baseball and "Other Fun Words" is appended, as is an informative author's note outlining other differences. The bright and cheerful acrylic illustrations feature shades of blue for the U. S. and reds for Japan, making it easy to distinguish between the two. The pages are nicely designed with clean lines and no clutter. A lively and enjoyable read for baseball fans, and a great choice for those compare-and-contrast lessons.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Publishers Weekly
Debut illustrator Meshon’s comparison of American and Japanese baseball is a skillful double play, entertaining (and educating) young baseball fans while affirming the growing number of children who live between two countries and two cultures. Flat, naïf acrylics and simple words report the boy narrator’s parallel experiences: “In America, Pop Pop gets me a giant foam hand. In Japan, Ji Ji gets me a giant plastic horn. In America, Pop Pop also gets us hot dogs and peanuts.... In Japan, Ji Ji also gets us soba noodles and edamame.” The artwork provides more information (two paper tickets lie on the American food tray, while Ji Ji’s cellphone displays electronic tickets). Meshon’s spreads make it clear that though material circumstances may differ, human emotions are just the same. “Are we there yet?” shouts a speech balloon spouting out of the boy’s station wagon in the American stadium’s parking lot. “Yes, we are!” comes the answer from the bus-train arriving at its Japanese counterpart. Making a book that’s equal parts affection and edification isn’t easy; Meshon’s record is one for one. Ages 2–6. (Feb.)
Booklist
* “The art has a fresh, attractive, naïf quality that fits the story perfectly. Using mostly blue for the American team and red for the Japanese, these bright pages do an excellent job of delineating each place while capturing the enthusiam they share. Final pages include a chart of baseball words and other fun words in English and Japanese and an author’s note with additional information. Easy to follow and fascinating even for nonfans, this bicultural baseball outing provides a fresh, joyful take on the grand old game.”
February 1 Booklist

* “The art has a fresh, attractive, naïf quality that fits the story perfectly. Using mostly blue for the American team and red for the Japanese, these bright pages do an excellent job of delineating each place while capturing the enthusiam they share. Final pages include a chart of baseball words and other fun words in English and Japanese and an author’s note with additional information. Easy to follow and fascinating even for nonfans, this bicultural baseball outing provides a fresh, joyful take on the grand old game.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442441781
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
964,901
Lexile:
AD610L (what's this?)
File size:
14 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Aaron Meshon is an illustrator and designer for magazines and products around the world, and the author-illustrator of several picture books, including Take Me Out to the Yakyu, Tools Rule!, and Delivery. Aaron lives with his wife, French bulldog, and son in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Aaron online at AaronMeshon.com.

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Take Me Out to the Yakyu 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AR2649 More than 1 year ago
Great Japanese/American baseball book for kids and fathers and grandfathers.