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Take Me Out to the Yakyu

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  353 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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. This de...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2013)
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Betsy
Corner a children's librarian. Say the words "Japan" and "baseball". Ask for picture books that involve both topics. What will you get? If I were a betting woman I'd say that nine out of ten librarians would probably hand you a book about America's Japanese internment camps and the folks in there that played baseball to keep their sanity intact. Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki or Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss come immediately to mind. That tenth librarian might go in a different direct...more
Peggy Dynek

1. Text to self: As a kid, I sat next to Granddad on many Saturdays, watching the St. Louis Cardinals play baseball. We discussed players, strategy, batting order, and many other points of the game. I have been to Japan, and appreciate that even with their limited space, they make room for baseball diamonds. This book really touched me.

2. Bloom’s Questions
Remembering: What game was the family enjoying?
Understanding: Can you write a brief timeline of events?
Applying: How might a fan in Japan look...more
Jean Coughlin
1. This book made me think of the times I had gone to baseball games, and just like the book, it was more about the food, people, music, etc. than it was about the actual game.
2. Questions:
1. What was this book comparing?
2. What is meant by “7th inning stretch”?
3. How is Japanese baseball similar to American baseball?
4. How would you compare Japanese snacks and American snacks?
5. What is your opinion of cicadas as a baseball mascot and why do you feel that way?
6. Look up more information...more
Allison
There's a lot to love about this heartwarming compare-and-contrast story about a young boy's experiences going to baseball games in America and Japan. First, I love the level of detail in the lively, colorful illustrations showing the similarities and differences in America and Japan-- like the American food tray with peanuts and a paper ticket contrasted with the Japanese food tray with edamame and a cell phone displaying a QR code/digital ticket. Second, I love that this book addresses the mai...more
Jacoba
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon (2013)
Picture Book
Format: Book
Plot summary: A little boy's grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, teach him about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations
Review citation (if available): Perkins, Linda. Booklist , 2/15/2013, Vol. 109 Issue 12, p69-69,
Section source used to find the material: Book...more
James Son
"Take Me Out to the Yakyu" shows a little boy who is very passionate about the sport of baseball. Not just American baseball, he also really loves Japanese baseball. The story revolves around the trip he takes to the baseball games with his two grandfathers. One grandfather lives in America, and the other lives in Japan. Both trips are different, but also very similar. In America, the baseball game happens in the stadium, while in Japan it happens in the dome. He also takes different transportat...more
Christina Martin
This is a fun book that I found in the library of Teachers College. The title stood out to me because it incorporates both Japanese and English. "Yakyu" means baseball in Japanese, so by just reading the tile, one can already see that this book will be multicultural.

It is full of visuals about baseball in both the United States and in Japan. The author shows a little boy going to both an American baseball game and a Japanese baseball game. The author shows the similarities and differences betwe...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
32 pages

Lexile Level: AD610L

Age Range: 5-7, but older kids would find the Japanese aspect interesting.

Summary:
This baseball picture book compares a boy’s experience of going to a baseball game in America and in Japan. In the book the left page is about baseball in the U.S., while the right page is about baseball in Japan, so young readers can easily compare and contrast the pictures and words that are side by side. For instance, did you know that in Japan, people let balloons go and sing their t...more
Maxbfunk
Text to world: It is easy to overlook the fact that sports are popular all over the world, and that terminology for the sports is different between cultures. This book could be a lead in, or be lead by, a talk about what different sports are called in different places (football/soccer etc...).

Bloom's Questions:

Remembering: What is yakyu?
Understanding: What was the reason why the story was told in America and Japan?
Applying: What would happen if the main character's mother was from Mexico instead...more
Sarah Wheeland
Take Me Out to the Yakyu

Text to Self: One of my favorite memories as a little kid was going to baseball games with my mom and dad when we lived in Chicago. We would go to White Sox games because they were my dad’s favorite team and then we’d go to Cubs games because they were my mom’s favorite team. I had equal collections from the fan shops in both stadiums. I related to this story because the boy gets to experience baseball in two different cultures, the US and Japan, but the overall memory of...more
Margaux
For any baseball lover or parent of a baseball lover, this book is made for you. A young boy tells the reader "My American pop pop takes me to watch baseball lat the stadium" and on the opposing page explains, "My Japanese ji ji takes me to watch yakyu at the dome." And we're off on an adventure where the boy discusses his experiences in both countries--from the ride to the stadium to getting tucked in at the houses in both Japan and America. There's a lovely glossary in back where readers can c...more
Jennifer
A wonderful and educational story about one boy who navigates between cultures as he goes to baseball games in Japan and America. The bright and beautiful colored illustrations convey so much joy, excitement, and extra detail about who the people are. And the book trailer is adorable!
Amy Musser
The young baseball-loving boy in this book compares and contrasts elements of baseball culture in America and Japan. In America, his pop pop takes him to watch baseball, while in Japan, his ji ji takes him to watch Yakyu. Throughout the book the similarities and differences are shown in side-by-side illustrations. Meshon’s text is brief, yet full of cultural details that bring each baseball experience to life. The acrylic illustrations are bright and bold. Images that focus on American culture a...more
Amy
Supposedly this is supposed to include an audio recording (I'm guessing to introduce the Japanese pronunciations). My library's copy does not include this recording, and I cannot see that it ever should (have). It really has no bearing on my feelings for this book.

I get the feeling that this child has two grandfathers -- one American and the other Japanese. There is a two-page spread for each scene (if you will). On the left or top is the American info. and on the right or bottom is the Japanese...more
Jen
This baseball picture book compares a boy’s experience of going to a baseball game in America and in Japan. In the book the left page is about baseball in the U.S., while the right page is about baseball in Japan, so young readers can easily compare and contrast the pictures and words that are side by side. For instance, did you know that in Japan, people let balloons go and sing their team’s anthem during the 7th inning instead of singing our traditional song “Take me out to the ball game.” The...more
Mary Lee
Did you ever find the perfect book for the kid you had LAST year? This one's for you, Ibuki.

Summer #bookaday 51
Bmack
This is a book about a boy who gets to go with a member of his family to baseball games in both the United States and Japan! We find out what things are similar and what is different between the two countries. I liked reading about how the food at the stadium is so different. Hot dogs and peanuts in America and soba noodles and edamame in Japan. The author includes notes in the back telling about the history and information about the games in those countries. You can even learn some new Japanese...more
Suzanne
The point of this childeren's picture book is to compare and contrast baseball in America to baseball in Japan through the eyes of a young boy. He has grandparents in both American and Japan that take him to games.

The text of the book explains what happens in each country at games, and the pictures SHOW the simmilarities and differences. For example on one of the first pages, the American grandfather takes the boy to a baseball stadium, while the Japanese grandfather takes him to the dome to...more
Julie Lamb
Book Title: Take me out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon

Short Description of the Book: In this book, a young boy compares and contrasts his experiences with American baseball and Japanese baseball. This book entices young baseball fans while affirming the growing number of children who live between two countries and two cultures.

FOCUS: Narrative Features I would use in a Mini-Lesson:

1) Comparing and Contrasting: Aaron Meshon does an impressive job of balancing American baseball with Japanese basebal...more
Betsy
I *just* did a list of 9 baseball books for Redeemed Reader, and I totally would have swapped out one of those titles for this one!! A winner, here, I think. Meshon shows a young boy going to baseball games with his American grandfather in the U.S. and with his Japanese grandfather in Japan. Illustrations are bright and facing pages look like mirror images (although they're not exactly because things look a bit different in the two countries). Nice author's note and English/Japanese dictionary o...more
RC
Take Me out to the Yakyu is the story of a young boy at a baseball game. A baseball game in American with his American grandparents and a baseball game in Japan with his Japanese grandparents. The story shows the differences in attending a game in both cultures, from the transportation, food, cheers, etc. It is an exciting book that showcases two cultures and their favorite past time.
Mrs. Knott
2015 Illinois Monarch nominee
There are a lot of books that are written in English and another language. Some do it well, some look forced. This one was very natural. On opposite sides of the paper, the author details going to a baseball game in America and Japan. It shows how each country celebrates the famed game, with the Japanese side including some words in Japanese.
Melanie
A young boy loves baseball and he loves that he can enjoy it with both of his grandfathers. Pop Pop is American and Ji Ji is Japanese. When he visits with Pop Pop they drive to the game, get giant foam hands and have hot dogs and peanuts at the game. In Japan he and Ji Ji take a bus/train to the stadium, get big plastic horns and have Soba noodles and edamame.

Cheering, the seventh inning and winning/tieing are discussed. It appears that one of the points being made in this picture book is that A...more
Joanne Zienty
A great compare and contrast selection which takes a look at the baseball fan experience in America and in Japan. Just read this to three classes of kindergarten students today and they were all over it, pointing out the differences and similarities, both in baseball and in the wonderfully colorful illustrations. Great for the start of the baseball season!
Barbara
The game of baseball, America's pastime, by any other name is yakyu, at least in Japan. This simple story describes one boy's diverse cultural experiences since he has grandparents in the United States and in Japan. Since both grandfathers love baseball, they take him to the ball games whenever he visits. On side by side pages, readers can see the differences and similarities in the experiences from how they arrive at the stadium to the snacks they eat and the cheers they shout. The colorful dig...more
Samantha
A comparative look at baseball in America and Japan through the eyes of a little boy who shares this pastime with his two grandfathers. The text is set up to mirror each other with the Japanese words substituted in for the English words in the Japanese half of each two page spread.

Acrylic paint illustrations are vibrant and visually distinguish between the two nationalities with the colors blue (America) and red (Japan). This would be a fun read aloud book.
The only thing missing is a pronuncia...more
Kris
A baseball-loving boy shows us the great game of baseball -- in America AND in Japan. This lucky guy has grandparents in each country who take him to baseball games; he shows us through side-by-side illustrations the similarities and differences between the two. Readers will learn Japanese words for baseball (yakyu), fastball (sokkyu) and much more! Who knew that in the seventh inning, Japanese fans sing their team's anthem, and then release balloons?!

What impresses me the most about this one is...more
Nanci Booher
I thought this was a great book. Told from the point of view of one little boy who has an American grandfather and a Japanese one, he tells us of his adventures going to a baseball game with each of them. The end of the book has some Japanese words that would be of use to kids and adults alike.
Marika
Baseball is often called the great American pastime, but it's also popular in Japan. In Take Me Out to the Yakyu, Aaron Meshon looks at the similarities and differences between baseball games in the United States and Japan. The games are presented in parallel narratives, the child narrator introducing young readers to a handful of Japanese words as well as making a cultural comparison. Aaron Meshon's illustration style combines the the quirky gouache work of Giselle Potter with (the currently po...more
Pat Salvatini
One boy, one favorite past time, two grandfathers, two different countries. Bright illustrations, an English/Japanese glossary, and a familiar compare/contrast format will keep children re-reading this adorable text.
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