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Take Me Out to the Yakyu

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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. T
ebook, 40 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2013)
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
A little boy gets to see baseball through both Japanese and American perspectives...wonderful illustrations.
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural

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
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytime-books
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
Sandy Brehl
Parallel images show a young boy's baseball experience while providing numerous visual puzzles for comparison throughout. Despite the many distinct differences, this book provides evidence that in baseball, and in life, we are more alike than we are different. Dual language glossary at the back should spark enthusiastic research.
Sharon Lawler
Boy compares the difference between baseball games with with his American Dad and with his Japanese grandfather.Illustrations rendered in acrylic, with blues tones for the Dad and reds for the grandfather. Author note about baseball, and two lEnglish to Japanese word charts.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this, closed it, and thought 'what a great book!' I love the vibrant colors and the line art. I thought the story was very sweet and had great appeal to kids who like sports. I like how it taught about what the Yakyu without being preachy.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. That is all.
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
Recommend this for all kids who like baseball.
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
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding introduction to the similarities and differences between baseball games and traditions in both America and Japan.
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Vincent Meyers
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book, "Take Me Out To The Yakyu", by Aaron Meshon talks about the similarities and differences of attending a baseball game in America and in Japan. The book begins with a boy and his grandfather traveling to a baseball game. Once the boy and his grandpa reach the game, they head to the concession stand and get their favorite ballpark meal. In addition, they visit the souvenir shop and buy their favorite items. Eventually, they make their way to their seats for the game, and the boy shares s ...more
Tracy Holland
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Learn the similarities and differences between baseball in the US and baseball in Japan through this primary picture book.
Julie Lamb
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
James Son
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"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
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah Wheeland
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
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
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
32 pages

Lexile Level: AD610L

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

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
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
Viviane Elbee
I love how this book compares a boy's baseball outing experience in both the United States and in Japan. The side by side comparison format works really well, and you can admire the similarities and differences between the two experiences.

I liked how color coding is used so you can instantly tell when it is Japan (red) and the USA (blue).

There's a glossary on the back with vocabulary words in Japanese.

My kids enjoyed this book; voted to give it a four, and asked for an immediate re-read.

I think
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Take Me out to the Yakyu is a great picture book that explorers the similarities and differences between Japaneese baseball and American baseball.The book has corresponding sentences in regards to part of baseball in American on one page and in Japan on the facingi page. This is a good book to read at the beginning of the baseball season.
Verdict: Borrow before the World Baseball Classic.
Traci Bold
How close of an experience is going to a baseball game in both America and Japan? Pretty close with a some fun exceptions. Read this book to know what is different.

Written and illustrated by Aaron Meshon. Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

#baseball #PB #culture
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very interesting look at how baseball is enjoyed in both America and Japan through the eyes of a boy with grandfathers from both countries.
David Schaafsma
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks, sports
There's a book to look at in conjunction with this book, Baseball Haiku, written by American and Japanese poets.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I enjoyed the juxtaposition of baseball culture in America with that in Japan. Would be a fun way to introduce a limited number of Japanese words to a classroom as well.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I selected this book because I was thinking about including more diverse books in my Notice and Note list of exemplars. Like Dear Primo, a story about two Mexican cousins writing about their experiences living in Mexico and the U.S., this is about a boy who watches baseball in both the U.S. and Japan. Although there are obvious contrasts if an American child is reading the story, I don't think the thinking question for CC, "Why would the character act this way?", does not really line up with the ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book of side-by-side comparisons between American baseball and Japanese baseball, their traditions, and the words that describe different aspects of the game. Perfect for the little baseball fan.
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