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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Contributor(s): Nelson, Kadir (Author), Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0786808322     ISBN-13: 9780786808328
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2008

Annotation: In this tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages, noted artist Kadir Nelson presents the story of the Negro Baseball League--from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Features dozens of breathtaking full-page and double-page paintings.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation - Baseball & Softball
Dewey: 796.357
LCCN: 2008351768
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Lexile Measure: 900(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 11.3" W x 11.1" (1.80 lbs) 96 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Chronological Period - 1851-1899
- Chronological Period - 1900-1949
Features: Bibliography, Ikids, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product
Awards: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, Nominee, Grades 6-8, 2010
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Winner, Children's Book, 2009
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Recommended, Ten to Fourteen, 2009
Beehive Awards, Nominee, Informational, 2010
Orbis Pictus Award, Honor Book, Children's Nonfiction, 2009
Bluebonnet Awards, Nominee, Children's, 2010
Coretta Scott King Award, Winner, Author, 2009
Coretta Scott King Award, Honor Book, Illustrator, 2009
Cybils, Finalist, Nonfiction-Mid Gr/YA, 2008
Review Citations: Kirkus Review - Children 12/01/2007 pg. 1249
School Library Journal 01/01/2008 pg. 145
Publishers Weekly 01/07/2008 pg. 56
Entertainment Weekly 01/25/2008 pg. 51
Booklist 02/01/2008 pg. 50
Essence 04/01/2008 pg. 84
Voice of Youth Advocates 04/01/2008 pg. 78 - Recommended - Hard To Beat
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2008 pg. 347 - Recommended
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2008 pg. 338
New York Times Book Review 06/15/2008 pg. 14
New York Times Book Review 06/22/2008 pg. 18
Multicultural Review 09/01/2008 pg. 81
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2008 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/03/2008 pg. 34
Kirkus Best Children's Books 11/15/2008 pg. 17
Hornbook Guide to Children 10/01/2008 pg. 440 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2008 pg. 37
Booklist Ed Choice Youth 01/01/2009 pg. 15
ALA Notable Children's Books 03/15/2009 pg. 25
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 119912
Reading Level: 5.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
In this New York Times bestselling classic, Caldecott Medal-winning artist Kadir Nelson tells the incredible story of baseball's unsung heroes -- perfect for celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Negro Leagues Winner of the 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Award * Winner of the 2009 Sibert Medal

Featuring nearly fifty iconic oil paintings and a dramatic double-page fold-out, an award-winning narrative, a gorgeous design and rich backmatter, We Are the Ship is a sumptuous, oversize volume for all ages that no baseball fan should be without. Using an inviting first-person voice, Kadir Nelson shares the engaging story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its evolution, until after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners, of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship, of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

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