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Take Me Out to the Yakyu: with audio recording

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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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Amar Pai
Aug 17, 2015 Amar Pai rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
This book implies that Japan is superior technologically to the US. The American dad wears a crap analog watch whereas the Japanese "ji-ji" has a state of the art digital (and also his tickets are on his cellphone, and also they ride to the game in a bus that becomes a train!)

Also Japan has better ballgame food

But the Americans live in a bigger house and they get foamy fingers that say we're #1

America: WE'RE #1 (in foamy fingers)
Oct 31, 2015 Betsy 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 Peggy Dynek 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
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
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.
Aug 04, 2013 Allison 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
Sep 10, 2013 Jacoba 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
John Simet
Feb 15, 2016 John Simet rated it liked it
Rationale: I chose this book because I enjoy baseball, but this book shares the game of baseball from two different perspectives: American and Japanese. The book follows two young boys whose grandfathers are taking them to a baseball game in American and Japan. This book qualifies as diverse because it illustrates cultural differences in the experience of attending a baseball game.

Reflection: Text to Self and Text to World - I love baseball. I was drawn to this book because of its focus on the s
Jun 18, 2015 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: multicultural
Reflection: Text to Text: This book reminded me of another multicultural book on my shelf, Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic. Both books are about Asian traditions but the one thing that really stuck out to me was the soybeans! In this book, in Japan, the snacks the boy gets at the game are noodles and soybeans. It reminded me of the soybean Picnic the Yang's had every year with family.

Rational: This book is culturally specific because it compares a boy going to a baseball game with his Americ
Vincent Meyers
Jan 31, 2015 Vincent Meyers 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
James Son
Sep 14, 2014 James Son 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 Christina Martin 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
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
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
Sarah Wheeland
Apr 21, 2014 Sarah Wheeland 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
Maureen Sheehan
Oct 11, 2015 Maureen Sheehan rated it it was amazing
Multicultural picture book

I really enjoyed this book. It is laid out as side by side comparison of a boy who goes to a baseball game in Japan vs a boy who goes to a game in America. On one page it reads "In America Pop Popl also gets us hot dogs and peanuts..." On the page next to this it reads "In Japan, Ji Ji also gets us soba noodles and edamame..." The illustrations are clear and vivid. Also, all the illustrations for the American pages are blue, while the Japanese are red, so it helps the r
Sep 09, 2014 Margaux rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Apr 05, 2013 Jennifer 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!
Feb 02, 2015 Jennifer 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.
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 28, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing
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
Nashiea Edmiston
I loved everything about this book. It follows a simple side-by-side format with the American customs on the left in blue and the Japanese customs on the right in red. They sprinkle Japanese words in just the right places so that children can use context clues to figure out the meaning. A delightful way to show how a little multiracial boy enjoys baseball in America and in Japan and how they are both super fun! There are two word banks in the back of the book, one with baseball words in English ...more
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
Recommend this for all kids who like baseball.
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
Nov 21, 2013 Suzanne rated it liked it
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
Julie Lamb
Sep 28, 2013 Julie Lamb 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
Jun 03, 2013 Betsy 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
Apr 02, 2015 marmix rated it really liked it
A fun comparison and description of baseball culture in the U.S. and Japan. I would have liked to see a phonetic pronunciation guide along with the glossary. My daughters disliked that the grandparent's faces were obscured in every picture, but did love the colorful illustrations and side-by-side comparisons. They'd love to have the choice of soba noodles and edamame instead of hot dogs and peanuts at U.S. baseball games, too.
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