We Are the Ship

The Story of Negro League Baseball

Nelson, Kadir

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
We Are the Ship
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.

Publisher: New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0786808322
Characteristics: 88 p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.


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From the 1920s until Jackie Robinson was brought into Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, there were really three major leagues in America, the American, the National, and the Negro Leagues. The Negro League was full of great ballplayers who weren’t allowed to play in the other leagues, but who loved to play ball, and played it incredibly well against bad odds. Illus. with full-color oil paintings.

Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting for baseball fans, but it seemed to run on and perhaps the subject matter is too specific for readers in general. It tells various tales, but it can get bogged down in its own point and the story itself is trying to show growth, but the dates get mixed up too easy as they aren't presented chronologically by chapter. However, it is informative and, for younger audiences who haven't grasped racism yet, it can be eye-opening and possibly even upsetting; in fact, I would recommend that audiences be older before reading this book. The message of this book (that the Negro League Baseball league was one of the finest baseball leagues, that it had to face far more obstacles than the Major Leagues, and that many of the players could be considered some of the best ever) is easily preserved, but the clumsy presentation of details overshadow some of its finer points. Overall, I would recommend it to baseball fans or as a selection during a Black History month. Above all, I recommend it for the beautiful painted artwork in the books; absolutely stunning illustrations can be seen in this book.


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Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Presents some harsh displays of racism at work in the sports world.


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