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Let Them Play

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Segregated Charleston, SC, 1955

There are 62 official Little League programs in South Carolina — all but one of the leagues is composed entirely of white players. The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars, an all-black team, is formed in the hopes of playing in the state's annual Little League Tournament. What should have been a time of enjoyment, however, turns sour when all of th
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Sleeping Bear Press (first published June 1st 2005)
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RLL22017 Flora Zayas
Author Raven and illustrator Ellison work together to tell the story of 14 All-Star (baseball) Players on their journey to Williamsport for the Little League World Series Championship. A time when the desire to play baseball was "rising high as heat waves," players like Jackie Robinson became role models for black children. However, this was during 1955- a time of segregation and injustice. Nevertheless, the children's parents did their best to shelter them from the hate and pessimisitic attitud ...more
Tonya Shaw
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story of the Cannon Street All-Stars who faced adversity when they tried to play in the Little League World Series in 1955. Segregation and prejudice are highlighted in a way that younger students can understand and process.
Mackenzie Putvin
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love softball so it was easy to connect to this book
Sarah Holland
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: "Let Them Play" is a historical account of a time when a Little League team from segregated South Carolina was banned from participating in the Little League Baseball World Series. It is a different spin on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s in that it touches on individuals that would be the age of the students, as well as a sport/hobby enjoyed by the students. Lesser known activists are introduced, which is refreshing. Additionally, the watercolor illustrations a ...more
Michelle Biamonte
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let Them Play by Margot Theis Raven is based on a true story. This book is filled with emotion and set in South in 1955, during segregation times when African Americans are fighting for civil rights. The focus is on an All Black YMCA youth baseball team, The Cannon Street All Stars. The Cannon Street team become the local winners by default, because the surrounding teams were composed of all white players, and who refused to play the YMCA black league. The team comes face to face with inequality ...more
Heather
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
As our first picture book on this topic and actually about baseball I found myself having to give a lot of additional information so my daughter would understand better. She is a bit young for this particular book, an older child would likely understand the appeal of baseball to young boys and have some understanding of the way life might have been when you couldn't just drink from any ol water fountain. Still I'm glad we read it although until the moment of the water fountain page and an explan ...more
Alicia
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Audience: Grades K-4, readers interested in baseball and its history, readers interested in civil rights history, boys who play baseball, history/social studies teachers.

Appeal: This book is a fairly easy read for young and intermediate readers. The pictures are a great addition to the text. The story is quick moving but gets the point across. Readers who enjoy baseball and the history behind the Little League World Series will enjoy the true story of a team making history without playing in the
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Sandy Brehl
A team of African America boys defied the odds and rode the support of their community to become the best Little League team in South Carolina in the summer of 1955. The Canon Street boys could not be declared the South Carolina State Champions or even compete in the finals because every other team refused to play them. In an exhibition game they overwhelmed the other team, but went home without a trophy or an opportunity to prove themselves on a level playing field. The epilogue includes a repo ...more
Judi Paradis
Dec 19, 2009 rated it liked it
In 1955, Jackie Robinson became the first black baseball player in the major leagues, and an all-Black Little League team in South Carolina made the state championship playoffs. But when all the white teams refused to play them (and started their own league), the South Carolina champions won by default and were not allowed to play in the Little League World Series that year. This story seems unbelievable now--but just 50 years ago, this was life for Black kids in America. A fascinating look at h ...more
Karen
A beautifully illustrated book which tells a compelling and true story about discrimination in the 1950's. I generally like picture books which are written for older readers and this one is no exception. Kids will relate to it because of the Little League plot, and will hopefully walk away with a better understanding of prejudice and its effects. A drawing at the end of the characters as they look now was a very nice touch. A good read-aloud choice to introduce civil rights themes in a way that ...more
Molly
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The true story of the 1955 Cannon Street All Stars, an all black little league team who was boycotted out of the South Carolina championships. They were unable to compete at the national Little League Championships, but were eventually recognized (in 2002) for their achievement. This is a story that will (hopefully) make you cry, and inspire you. This would be a good book for a baseball storytime, but be prepared for the discussion!
Cheryl Kays
This is story about a young baseball team that wants to participate in the little league world series. However, because the team consists of all African Americans they are not allowed to play. This story discusses the issues of segregation and how people worked together to fight this war of unequal opportunities. I would recommend this book for 3rd grade and up.
Marissa Morrison
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The author makes Civil Rights history come alive in this detailed story about the 1955 South Carolina Little League champs. They were only allowed on the World Series field for a brief warm-up because no white team would play against them.
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JAR5OS-Rav even Little Leagues had racial problems 1955
Jessie
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baby
It was a little long and too deep for my six year old. If my boys were more into baseball then we'd probably like it more.
Bethany
Great book to read during Civil Rights unit. May capture the interests of students interested in sports. Also the recipient of the Coretta Scott King award.
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Maggie
An inspirational true story that provides many opportunities for discussion.
Shayne Cope
Very interesting and fantastic in portraying segregation. Could easily be used for children to learn about civil rights and empathy.
Bethany Livengood
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
A good story line about racism and playing baseball. This book would work as a read aloud and would spark great conversation among students/children.
McKayla
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! It is a good one that boys would be into. Themes: Equality and Tolerance.
Michelle
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very good book for kids. This story is very well written and covers the topic of discrimination very well. What a great book for some great learning and discussions.
Nick Cherry
This book would be great to use during Black History Month. Very informational with nice illustrations.
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