Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly:
Take Me Out to the Yakyu
By Aaron Meshon
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
Although baseball may be America’s pastime, the sport’s appeal has expanded to include a global audience.
In children’s book “Take Me Out to the Yakyu,” one little boy shares with readers his love for the sport as he compares his experiences while attending a baseball game in the United States and a baseball game in Japan. The little boy chronicles every last detail of his game-going experiences, including which grandfather attends the game with him, how they get to the stadium, the various snacks and concessions and what the fans cheer and sing during the seventh-inning stretch. He also shares what happens after the games.
While the United States and Japan may be halfway around= the world from each other, “Take Me Out to the Yakyu” shows us that we may not be that different from one another. The young hero of our story eats different foods and buys different souvenirs during the two games, but in the end, we all want the same thing at a sporting event: To have fun and watch our team win.
Since it is so easy to point out what makes us different, it is also important to be able to acknowledge and then look past those differences to see how we are the same. And in learning what makes us the same, we find it easier to connect with others.
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