Book Review: Take Me Out to the Yakyu

May 28, 2015

Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon
From Miss Caroline at Main Library

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month, so I thought I'd share a fabulous baseball book, since we're deep into the season right now.  I love books that share different cultural perspectives, and this one is exceptional.  We meet a young boy who loves baseball, and shares that passion with both of his grandfathers, one of whom is from Japan, and the other of whom is from America.  We get to see how games played in both countries are alike and different and compare them side by side.  From transportation to and from the game to the foods the boy eats with his grandpas, we get to experience both cultures.

The book has a glossary at the end that has baseball words and other fun words in both English and Japanese.  This would be a great book to share with a group of children who are old enough to appreciate the differences and similarities between American and Japanese baseball, and would lead to a good discussion of sports in other countries.  Baseball fans old and young will enjoy and celebrate the love of the game with this story.

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