Friday, February 27, 2009

Book Review: We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseballis an overview of African American history in baseball. Founded by Rube Foster, the Negro National League was created in response to professional baseball leagues unwritten rule that African Americans weren't allowed on their teams. It tells the stories of countless amazing players who faced discrimination, discouragement, and dissapointment to do what they loved most: play baseball.

This book was extremely informative. I knew basically nothing about Negro League baseball (or even baseball history). I loved how the narrator made it feel like he was recounting history as he recalled it - it personalized the story so much more. I felt really proud of myself for recognizing some of the big name players, until Nelson mentioned that there were so many more amazing players who remain virtually unknown, because they never made it to professional leagues. What a huge loss it is to think of how many great players we missed out on, simply because they had a different color skin. The illustrations were gorgeous - big, bold, and seemingly life-sized. This book definitely deserved the recognition and awards it's received.

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Overall rating: ****

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