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"Take me out to the YAKYU" by Aaron Meshon

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Published on Dec 13, 2012

*A 2014 Ezra Jack Keats Honor selection
*A "2014 Notable Children's Book" from ALSC
*A top 100 kid's book pick of 2013 by New York Public Library
*On the top 100 children's book 2013 list by Kirkus
*Best of 2013 book list by NPR
*Best of 2013 by Los Angeles Public Library

UP TO BAT NOW! http://amzn.com/1442441771

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

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.

"Baseball may be considered the great American pastime, but the Japanese have embraced the sport with a fervor all their own. This exceptional book marries the two traditions with charming naïf illustration and clear text. On opposing pages, a boy explains the differences between outings with his American pop pop to the stadium and with his Japanese ji ji at the dome. The book's deceptive simplicity includes sophisticated cultural touches: America's paper tickets offer a charming contrast to the Japanese scannable QR code version. Meshon's first picture book is a definite home run. (Kakiiin!)" THE NEW YORK TIMES 3/10/13

"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..." PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY 11/26/12 *Starred Review

"Holding baseball jerseys from both the U.S. and Japan, the young biracial narrator opens his two-country excursion by stating, "I love baseball . . . in America . . .and in Japan." Readers will see why as the boy attends games in each country, accompanied by a doting grandfather. In the snappy text and parallel panels and pages, the boy delights in pointing out the differences in everything from the ballpark food (peanuts, soba noodles) to cheers and customs, though the pictures show some similarities as well. The day concludes with a bubble bath in the U.S., a steam ofuro in Japan, and then bed, surrounded by souvenirs of the day. 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." BOOKLIST, 2/1/13 *Starred Review

PLAY BALL! 2/19/13 http://amzn.com/1442441771

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