What can be as all-American as baseball, right?
As you may know, though, baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.
We get to accompany him to two baseball games — one in America, and one in Japan. Each two-page spread shows us the same activity — choosing his favorite team jersey, driving to the game, buying snacks, cheering — the way he experiences it in the U.S. on the one hand, and the way it looks in Japan on the other. It’s a fascinating comparison.
How do we get to the stadium?
What will we buy from the food vendors?
What sound does a bat make in Japan?
What takes place during the seventh-inning stretch?
When we go home after the game, what does the house look like?
The pages are vibrant, full of energy, awash in bright color and clean lines. A few Japanese words are included in the text, so there is a nice glossary of terms. An interesting Author’s Note tells more about the history of baseball in each country, differences in game length, stadiums, and mascots.
It’s a fast, smart, book for ages 4 and up, and of course especially suited to baseball fans!
Here’s the Amazon link:
Take Me Out to the Yakyu