Biography (nonfiction) 514 words, Level M (Grade 2), Lexile 570LIchiro Suzuki tells how a young boy in Japan grew up to become one of the most successful batters in professional baseball. He started playing professionally in Japan at eighteen years of age. After seven years of awards and all-star games, he came to the United States and joined the Seattle Mariners. Despite being smaller than most American players, Ichiro has had a long and very successful career that includes world records and many awards. Photographs and charts support the text. Book and lesson are also available at Levels J and P.
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