Take Me Out to the Yakyu
Written and Illustrated by Aaron Meshon
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2013. Unpaged picture book.
little boy loves baseball, both in America (where is favorite team is the
Pigeons) and in Japan (where his favorite team is the Cicadas). There are obvious differences in how he experiences baseball in each country,
from transportation and souvenirs, to food and ballparks. But there are also many similarities- especially in the emotions of impatience to get to each game ("Are we there yet?") and exultation while cheering his players on. This book is a great
opportunity to learn about culture and language in a colorful, lighthearted way. Author-illustrator Aaron Meshon has hit a home run. This is an excellent picture book that is here just in time for baseball season. The author’s note provides more insight
into baseball culture at home and abroad, and a glossary of English and Japanese terms.