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We Are the Ship

The Story of Negro League Baseball
Nelson, Kadir (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
Authors: Nelson, Kadir
Title: We are the ship
the story of Negro League baseball
Publisher: New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, c2008
Characteristics: 88 p. :,col. ill. ;,29 x 29 cm
Statement of Responsibility: words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; forward by Hank Aaron
Summary: Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
Awards & Distinctions: Coretta Scott King Honor, illustrator, 2009
Coretta Scott King Award, author, 2009
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2009
ISBN: 0786808322
9780786808328
Branch Call Number: j 796.357 N427w 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Baseball United States History Juvenile literature African American baseball players Juvenile literature Negro leagues History Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Baseball
African American baseball players
Negro leagues
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Know who Josh Gibson, Buck O'Neil, or Rube Foster were? These and other great players never got their due in the Major Leagues, but this title will open your eyes to hidden greatness. A wonderful history and chronicle by Nelson.

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

Kadir Nelson’s history of the Negro Leagues, with fantastic illustrations by the author.


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Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting for baseball fans, but it seemed to run on and perhaps the subject matter is too specific for readers in general. It tells various tales, but it can get bogged down in its own point and the story itself is trying to show growth, but the dates get mixed up too easy as they aren't presented chronologically by chapter. However, it is informative and, for younger audiences who haven't grasped racism yet, it can be eye-opening and possibly even upsetting; in fact, I would recommend that audiences be older before reading this book. The message of this book (that the Negro League Baseball league was one of the finest baseball leagues, that it had to face far more obstacles than the Major Leagues, and that many of the players could be considered some of the best ever) is easily preserved, but the clumsy presentation of details overshadow some of its finer points. Overall, I would recommend it to baseball fans or as a selection during a Black History month. Above all, I recommend it for the beautiful painted artwork in the books; absolutely stunning illustrations can be seen in this book.

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Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Presents some harsh displays of racism at work in the sports world.

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