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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Amazing paintings + compelling history = a grand slam.

Book Kadir Nelson Sports 2008
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

For the Avid Baseball Fan Young or Old

This is a wonderful book for children and adults as well. I would say this is a book best read with your child especially for ages 7 and under. It's a book that you will have on your coffee table for years to come. My son particularly enjoyed learning about each of the different players and their nicknames. This book was a great way for children to learn about segregation and the struggles African America baseball players had playing in the Negro League. The illustrations are amazing and the history about baseball, civil rights and Negro League was educational.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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Kids say: Not yet rated

You could take away the fascinating, well-researched text and this book would still be a stand-out. Nelson's paintings showcase the players as the heroes they were and give added emotional heft to their compelling stories. The athletes stand tall and serious, making eye contact with the reader to bring kids into the narrative.

Fortunately Nelson's words do his pictures justice. This is no boring history book -- the narrator has a relaxed way of telling the stories that is sure to interest most kids (and their parents). This is a much needed, beautifully produced book that belongs on the shelves of both baseball fans and history buffs.

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