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Take Me Out to the Yakyu

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  572 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
A little boy's grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, teach him about baseball and its rich varying cultural traditions.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Atheneum (first published 2013)
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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
Tracy Holland
Learn the similarities and differences between baseball in the US and baseball in Japan through this primary picture book.
Peggy Dynek
Apr 23, 2014 Peggy Dynek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Allison rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 08, 2013 Jacoba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Donalyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding introduction to the similarities and differences between baseball games and traditions in both America and Japan.
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 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 03, 2013 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Vincent Meyers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2017 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
James Son
Sep 14, 2014 James Son rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sarah Wheeland
Apr 07, 2014 Sarah Wheeland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2015 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
John Simet
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
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
Paige Harari
One little boy likes to join both his Grandfather's for a ball game. But one is in America and one is in Japan! This little boy takes us step by step through the different traditions he participates in at a baseball game in America and yakyu in Japan. Throughout the story you realize that these traditions aren't really so different! Some of them just have different names. This book is accessible to those who've had experiences with two very different cultures but also find a lot of similarities ...more
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
Feb 02, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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