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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sports Series

Many teachers and parents complain there isn't enough good nonfiction content, especially for boys. These books (available in English and now some in Spanish) are absolutely GRREAT for catching young sport fanatics' attention. They're easy to read and filled with interesting sports trivia about favorite teams. Here is what their new catalog says about one of these new books:

"The St. Louis Cardinals
The winners of the 2006 World Series, the Cardinals were founded in 1892 as the Browns (named for the color of socks they wore). Their name later changed to the Cardinals when they started wearing red-colored socks.

Team Trivia: Famous slugger, Mark McGwire, set a record of 62 home runs in one season for the Cards. They also had two brothers who played for them at the same time with the unusual names of “Dizzy” and “Daffy.” Find out who the first woman to ever manage a baseball team was and how did the Cardinals do under her leadership."

Title: Team Spirit / Espiritu de Equipo Series
Author: Mark Stewart
Translator: Manuel Kalmanovitz and Eduardo Narváez
Publisher and/or Distributor: Norwood House Press
Publisher Website:
Pages: 48
Price: $25.27 List; $18.95 School and Library
Publishing Date: 2007
Reader: Bob Spear
Rating: 5 hearts

These are two versions of the same series. One set of books are in English and the other are in Spanish. They are targeted toward grades 3-6. Both versions are focused toward the football, basketball and the baseball teams of major cities. Their excellent information and stories are the fuel for true developing young sports fans. They have large print and an easy flowing format to allow acceptability by reluctant readers.
The new English language books for this spring season are focused on baseball and the teams involved in last year’s World Series. They include: The Baltimore Orioles, The Detroit Tigers, The Houston Astros, The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Saint Louis Cardinals, and The Seattle Mariners.
The first four Spanish titles for this spring are: Los Heat de Miami, Los Lakers de Los Angeles, Los Mets se Nueva York, and Los White Sox de Chicago. Everything this publisher does is top notch and really achieves its goals. We rated all these five hearts.

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