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We are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
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Nov 17, 2010

Read in November, 2010

I really enjoyed this book. I went into it with a positive outlook for a couple of different reasons. The first reason being that I have been involved in sports since I have been about five years old. Also, in my athletic career I have played with a lot of African American players. Lastly, but most importantly, my grandmother was the pitcher for the Rockford Peaches (the team from the movie A League of Their Own). My grandmother went through a lot of struggles much like the team from We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.
I really like how the author Kadir Nelson narrates the story of trials and successes as an anonymous player on the team. You feel a real sense of closeness to all of the players. You feel like you are connected to each of them. The players deal with racial discrimination and it paints a good picture of what the 1920's were really like for these African American baseball players.
I loved the oil painting that are dispersed through out the book. They really do a wonderful job of painting a realistic picture of the book. They are really very beautiful in their own way. Like I had mentioned before, this book was a great read for me, and I think it would be a great book to read during a unit on Civil Rights. It would be great for boys in your class. Like we discussed in class, often read a louds are geared towards girls, but this would be perfect read aloud for boys.

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