We Are The Ship: The Story Of Negro League Baseball
  • We Are The Ship: The Story Of Negro League Baseball
  • We Are The Ship: The Story Of Negro League Baseball
  • We Are The Ship: The Story Of Negro League Baseball
ISBN: 0786808322
EAN13: 9780786808328
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 8, 2008
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 11.2" L x 11.1" W
Weight: 2.25 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

In this New York Times bestselling classic, Caldecott Medal-winning artist Kadir Nelson tells the incredible story of baseball's unsung heroes -- perfect for celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Negro Leagues Winner of the 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Award * Winner of the 2009 Sibert Medal

Featuring nearly fifty iconic oil paintings and a dramatic double-page fold-out, an award-winning narrative, a gorgeous design and rich backmatter, We Are the Ship is a sumptuous, oversize volume for all ages that no baseball fan should be without. Using an inviting first-person voice, Kadir Nelson shares the engaging story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its evolution, until after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners, of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship, of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

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   It's not just a book -- it's an experience.
Several years ago, I bought this book from a book store. Just purchased it for a friend who is a long-time baseball fan. It is not just a book -- it is an experience. The tears couldn t hold back the melancholy. What these guys had to deal with is sad and embarrassing. This was somehow classified as a book for children. I never got that sense when I read it. Masterfully '' written and illustrated.
 
5
   Amazing Artwork
We are the ship's story about the book Negro League Baseball on NPR. I am not a baseball fan, but I felt that this was a book I would like to share with my children. The artwork is amazing! There is a picture where I feel like I could hear the crack of the bat almost. This book would be great for any youth interested in baseball history.
 
5
   Play Ball!
We Are The Ship The story of Negro League Baseball is a wonderful story about how a community of people who stick together and never give up their dream. Kadir Nelson expresses the feelings about baseball players in a heart-fellow way. We Are The Ship The Negro League story proves that if you have a dream and push through any and all adversities, you can achieve your dream.
 
5
   Hard work pays off
After showing how hard it is for African Americans to achieve it in sports, The story has a happy ending when Jackie Robinson goes to the white major league baseball. I would use this book in my class of social studies, it made history very enjoyable.
 
5
   This is a must own to read and to share
This is a wonderful book with literate texts and outstanding art. As a dyed in the wool baseball fan, I thought I was pretty aware of the Negro League - don 't be mislead by the children's category, every adult I know who has seen it for himself. I have this compulsion to stop perfect strangers on the street to tell them to read it.
 
5
   Merging of Art, History, and Writing
Truly, a work of art as well as informative. My students who don 't even like baseball were captured by history within this book.
 
5
   Awsome!
This book really surprised me. It was cool, I did not know about the Negro League. I hope you make another book.
 
5
   Award Winner!
If a book will ever have a chance to win both a Caldecott and a Newbery, this is it! At least one will win better. Kadir Nelson is brilliant as an illustrator and writer. The early illustration of Jackie Robinson sliding home as KC Monarch is just one of the opuses in the most unforgettable museum of illuminating art in a book!
 
3
   Great but left out the girls
This book was great beautiful imagery, but it left the female players out of sight, not even a passing mention. Besides for this glaring omission, I would give this book a five - star rating. The author has essentially erased the female players from history.
 
5
   Great book, great paintings
A great book, great paintings, a must for true baseball fans and all those who appreciate the struggle for equal rights and opportunities for black people.
 
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