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We are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
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Sep 27, 11

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In We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, author and illustrator Kadir Nelson immerses his readers into the world of Negro League Baseball. The story is narrated from the point of view of a ballplayer giving you a glimpse into the Negro Leagues. The readers are introduced to such notable players as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and James "Cool Papa" Bell, as well as the owners who helped create the league, like Rube Foster. The book is divided into nine chapters, or innings, in which Nelson describes the history of the Negro Leagues from the late 1800's up until their dissolution in 1960, with the integration of major league baseball. While the story gives readers insights into the struggles that these ballplayers faced, such as segregation and a brutal schedule for little to no pay, it is the illustrations that really make this book. Full page illustrations of the ballplayers bring the story alive and give a face to all the names. We are the Ship has received numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award in 2009. This book is geared for 3rd grade and older, but is a treat for baseball fans of all ages.
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Ruth Tracy, I agree with your assessment of the illustration. The beauty of this book makes it worthy to sit on the coffee table, rather than a book shelf! Kadir Nelson's illustrations always evoke a sense of awe when I view them!


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