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We are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
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Dec 14, 09

bookshelves: robert-f-sibert-medal
Read in December, 2009

5th grade - 8th grade

We Are the Ship is the story of the Negro Baseball Leagues. It is wonderfully retold by Kadir Nelson. This book gives a complete picture of what it was like playing and living as a part of the Negro Baseball leagues. Most pages have a picture of a player or somebody from the leagues and a full page of text. There are 30 lines of 12-point font on most pages. The sentence structure is more advanced because of the use of punctuation. More advanced readers will have an easier time with this book. But the pictures help to bring the story to life. Most pictures are of one person facing the audience with action in the background, and the viewer has the person's feet at their horizon line. This gives the person pictured a heroic or legendary feel, but it also shows who they are. The paintings are quite-simply, beautiful.

Social Studies, P. E.

Lesson Plan: This book is a great resource for the Negro Baseball Leagues, because it is so complete. This would be great with a research project or for a civil rights unit.
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