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Take Me Out to the Yakyu Hardcover – February 19, 2013

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*Starred Review* Holding baseball jerseys from both the U.S. and Japan, this picture book’s young biracial narrator opens this two-country excursion by stating, I love baseball . . . in America . . . and in Japan. Readers will see why as the boy attends games in each country, accompanied by a doting grandfather. In the snappy text and parallel panels and pages, the boy delights in pointing out the differences in everything from the ballpark food (peanuts vs. soba noodles) to cheers and customs, though the pictures show some similarities as well. The day concludes with a bubble bath in the U.S., a steam ofuro in Japan, and then bed, surrounded by souvenirs of the day. The art has a fresh, attractive, naif quality that fits the story perfectly. Using mostly blue for the American team and red for the Japanese, the bright artwork does an excellent job of delineating each place while capturing the enthusiasm they share. Final pages include a chart of baseball words and other terms in English and Japanese and an author’s note with additional information. Easy to follow and fascinating even for nonfans, this bicultural baseball outing provides a fresh, joyful take on the grand old game. Preschool-Grade 2, --Linda Perkins

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* “Debut illustrator Meshon’s comparison of American and Japanese baseball is a skillful double play, entertaining (and educating) young baseball fans while affirming the growing number of children who live between two countries and two cultures…. Meshon’s spreads make it clear that though material circumstances may differ, human emotions are just the same…. Making a book that’s equal parts affection and edification isn’t easy; Meshon’s record is one for one.” (Publishers Weekly, November 26, 2012, *STARRED REVIEW)

* “The art has a fresh, attractive, naïf quality that fits the story perfectly. Using mostly blue for the American team and red for the Japanese, these bright pages do an excellent job of delineating each place while capturing the enthusiam they share. Final pages include a chart of baseball words and other fun words in English and Japanese and an author’s note with additional information. Easy to follow and fascinating even for nonfans, this bicultural baseball outing provides a fresh, joyful take on the grand old game.” (Booklist, February 1, 2013, *STARRED REVIEW)

“The chunky font, candy-colored cartoon pictures, and Japanese pop-art style will have plenty of appeal for newly independent readers, and an author’s note adds more comparative detail about game rules and stadiums. Baseball-obsessed primary-schoolers will relish this offbeat addition to the meager beginning-reader sports collection.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

* “A young boy enjoys the best of two baseball worlds. This fortunate youngster can savor the fine points of baseball in America and yakyu in Japan…. It’s all a perfectly constructed, vivid picture of the two nations’ particular takes on what has become both of their national pastimes, as well as a multigenerational love of the game. Colorful charts of Japanese and English baseball terms and other words add to the fun. Yakyu or baseball, it’s all sheer joy.” (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2013, *STARRED REVIEW)

“The mostly mirror images on the well-balanced pages set up a quiet rhythm, thrillingly interrupted when both hitters get a home run (“Crack! / Kakiiin!”) and their baseballs cross paths and go flying through the facing page. Young fans intrigued by the game’s cultural differences will easily see that rooting for the home team—whether it’s “Win! Win! Win!” or “Do your best!”—is fun no matter where you are.” (The Horn Book, March/April 2013)

"The bright and cheerful acrylic illustrations feature shades of blue for the U. S. and reds for Japan, making it easy to distinguish between the two. The pages are nicely designed with clean lines and no clutter. A lively and enjoyable read for baseball fans, and a great choice for those compare-and-contrast lessons." (School Library Journal, February 2013, *STARRED REVIEW)

“Baseball may be considered the great American pastime, but the Japanese have embraced the sport with a fervor all their own. This exceptional book marries the two traditions with charming naïf illustration and clear text…. The book’s deceptive simplicity includes sophisticated cultural touches: America’s paper tickets offer a charming contrast to the Japanese scannable QR code version. Meshon’s first picture book is a definite home run. (Kakiiin!)” (The New York Times Book Review, March 10, 2013)

*AN EZRA JACK KEATS NEW ILLUSTRATOR HONOR BOOK* (The Ezra Jack Keats Awards)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442441771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442441774
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Take Me Out to the Yakyu" is a wonderful book. Beautiful illustrations have so much attention to detail that I find new things every time. The boy has families both in America and Japan and they share their love for baseball. He accepts and enjoys the differences between American and Japanese baseball and cultures. He is showing us that there are many differences in both cultures, and they are both great! This book is especially great for today's world of globalization. Such a heart warming book - it's my new standard!

日本とアメリカ、両方に家族がいる男の子が、おじいちゃんと一緒にそれぞれの街で野球を見に行くお話です。かわいいイラストで、細かいところまで描かれているので、読むたびに新しい発見があります。それぞれの国のプロ野球がどう違うのか、ページをめくるごとに学ぶことができます。男の子は大好きなおじいちゃんと大好きな野球を見に行って、野球のルールの違いを受け入れて楽しんでいます。国際化が進んだ今の時代にはぴったりな本だと思います。心温まるお話とイラストで、私の定番になりそうです。
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I just received my copy of "Take Me Out to the Yakyu" and have read it cover to cover relishing the fabulous illustrations as I went. I love how the American baseball references are always in blue and the Japanese are always in red. It is a wonderful book to show how although people from other countries may be different in many ways there are always things that we will have in common. I can't wait to share this book with all my young friends. I ordered two copies but think I'll have to order a few more!
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This is one of my son's (4) favorite books. It details a child's baseball experience in America and Japan. It shows similarities between American and Japanese culture as well as some differences. It includes some Japanese words along the way and has a few pages of English to Japanese translation. It's a great book to have in a home library, but it would also be a fabulous book to have at school to highlight lessons of multiculturalism.
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I love this book. It was so cute. Apparently, baseball is a favorite sport in Japan as well as the US. In this book, each page is about some aspect of baseball and what that aspect is like in the US and what it is like in Japan. The images depicting baseball in the US and in Japan are fun to look at. I love the introduction of Japanese words to explain baseball, or yakyu. I bought this book for our little baseball player in the house. She's three and she adores this book. It's colorful and fun. This is a creative book and I think it could be a series. What else could we compare and contrast between countries??
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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 direction, though. Maybe you made it clear that you wanted something contemporary. Something that involves Japanese baseball today, but is written in a style that would engage both the very young and your older, more sophisticated seven-year-old. Until now, you would have been up a tree. Fortunately for all parties, "Take Me Out to the Yakyu" swoops in to save the day. Visually splendid with a text that manages to be simple without being simplistic, I look at this book and realize that while I've nothing else like it on my library shelves, I'd pay all the money in the world for this format to be replicated over and over again. Until that happy day occurs, let's bask in Meshon's gift to us.

"I love baseball . . . in America . . . and in Japan." The boy telling us this is a ruddy-cheeked cheery little dickens. In his left hand he holds the red jersey of a Japanese team. In his right, the blue of an American. He then leads us through what it's like to attend a baseball game with his American pop pop in the States and his ji ji in Japan. Some differences are small.
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I got after we happened upon it at the library. My son enjoyed it as he has a grandpa and and a jiji. I can't wait for my dad to visit and read it to his grandson at bedtime. I know he'll get a huge kick out of it.
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The narrator, a young, baseball loving Japanese American boy, attends two baseball games, one in America and one in Japan. In adorably illustrated side by side pages, the boy describes and compares his experience in both countries. His American pop pop drives him to the stadium in a station wagon. In the background landscape, we see rolling hills and gas stations. In Japan, the boy and his ji ji (ojiichan/ grandfather) ride to the dome in a bus that turns into a train. In the background, we see a pagoda and torii. In America, his pop pop buys him a foam finger; in Japan, his ji ji buys him a plastic horn. They eat snacks: peanuts and hot dogs in America and soba and edamame (soybeans) in Japan. They cheer for their team. After the game, they return home where the boy’s gramma and ba ba (obaachan/ grandmother) has a bath, or ofuro, waiting for him. At the end of the book, is a glossary of English and Japanese words, such as home run (homuran) and train (densha). An author’s note details the history of baseball, game length, and other baseball facts in America and Japan.

Little details in the illustrations show differences between the two countries. As mentioned above, the landscapes are different, as well as the venues in which baseball is played and the snacks sold at the game. On the snack tray, the boy’s pop pop hold two tickets while the boy’s ji ji has the ticket numbers and a QR code on his cell phone. The American pitcher throws a 95 mile-per-hour fastball and the Japanese toushu throws a 153 kilometer-per-hour sokkyu (fastball). The fans cheer “Go for it!” and “Ganbatte!” The boy goes home to a house with a garage in America and an apartment in Japan. In America, he sleeps in a bed while in Japan, he sleeps on a mat on the floor.

I have nothing but love for this book.
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