Saturday, February 23, 2008

We are the Ship: the Story of Negro League Baseball

We are the Ship: the Story of Negro League Baseball
by Kadir Nelson
Jump at the Sun / Hyperion Books for Children
88 pages

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.


Dianna Burt said...

This has great information, beautiful paintings (it's Kadir, so that's all I need to say) and a terrific bibliography, author's note, and index. Although Kadir is best known for his illustrations, I found this baseball book intriguing. It has a forward from Hank Aaron and so many new facets that it is a fascinatng book. It seems very thorough. I am blown away by this book, and I've never been much of a fan of baseball, but I am a fan of Kadir and it's great to see that he can write as well as paint.

Kris said...

This book is STUNNING! Each of the illustrations is such a work of art, Kadir Nelson is so talented at evoking emotion and feeling in his work. And, I agree with Dianna that the writing is exceptional, as well. All around, I'd call this one a masterpiece!

Miss Marra said...

I'll admit it...I'm a baseball romantic. I think I've checked this book out three times, just to show it off to various people. It's exciting that m
"mainstream" (read: not children's librarian) press has also talked a lot about this book.

Anonymous said...

My company does video news stories on great people with awesome attitudes -- they don't get much better than some of the Negro League players who broke barriers in baseball!

You can see a video we did at MLB's recent symbolic draft of Negro League players, which includes Millito Navarro, Peanut Johnson, Charley Pride and Bill Blair as well as Ken Griffey and Dave Winfield.

I hope you enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

The artwork is an incredible testimony to the men who paved the way to the baseball players we take for granted today. Kadir spent many years doing the research. This book could be used to teach art, history, character traits...what a wonderful contribution! MarjieP