Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Book Review - We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"We are the ship; all else the sea."--Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League
This is the story of Negro League baseball. It is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats both on and off the field. Kadir Nelson brings to life all of these things and more through beautiful illustrations and even more beautiful stories.
This book is amazing. The illustrations are like photographs or baseball cards of the players in the Negro league. It brings to life a part of an era that is often left out or just ignored in history. By using the first person narrative, Nelson makes you feel like you are listening to an actually player talk about those things he personally remembers. Top-notch book!

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1 comment:

  1. At my post on "We Are the Ship" I have included a Jackie Robinson coloring page and a Negro League word scramble if your readers are interested: