[Reading] ➷ We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Author Kadir Nelson – Saudionline.co.uk

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    i already know all about the negro baseball league from that x files episode with jesse l martin this book seems to skip over all those parts however, it would be a good read for baseball history fans, and the voice of the narrator made it very immediate and enjoyable.

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    Rube Foster was the founder of the Negro National League Said he of his men, We are the ship all else the sea As long as there has been baseball in America there have been African American ballplayers Men like Sol White and Bud Fowler Before Rube Foster, however, there was no organized professional league Then, on February 20, 1920, Rube called together owners of black baseball teams, like himself, and the Negro National League began Through the collective voice of the players, we hear about these years and these men who played together We hear about amazing plays, crazy rules, outright characters, and the greats We hear about the hardships of being a player, including the low pay and the dangers of playing in the South Finally, the book ends with Jackie Robinson, the integration into Major League Baseball, and end of the Negro Leagues themselves With footnotes, a mass of factual information, a disarmingly engaging style, and portraits that ll blow you away, Kadir Nelson has produced his opus and we re all invited to watch.This being his first full length written work, you might think that Mr Nelson would be uncomfortable with text Nothing could be farther from the truth Chapters follow the history of the leagues in a chronological fashion, with breaks for facts about playing in Cuba or dealing with the Second World War It s clear that the author also knows how uptight people can be when it comes to illustrations of real people In his Author s Note, Mr Nelson mentions that he employed some artistic license in this novel This line in particular cracked me up I am fully aware that Cool Papa played center field, but the right field wall is so visually interesting that I used a bit of license and placed him in front of it Perhaps he was playing right field that day or he just chased a fly ball to right and stopped for a photo In other words, quit your jabber jawing, people The man knows his facts, and if he wants to move someone around the field, let him If I were to compare Kadir Nelson s work here to Norman Rockwell, a lot of people might get mad To them, Rockwell represents a kind of twee Americana, heavy on the saccharine, light on the artistic merit But Rockwell had an ability to capture a person or moment in time Nelson s work is very different from Rockwell s, but he also knows how to capture a person s soul in a portrait The men you see in this book are both weighed down by the events in their lives, and yet are buoyed by the very job they do Wilber Bullet Rogan sits heavy on a bench, his eyes almost entirely hidden under the shadow from his cap Satchel Paige stands loose and lanky and long, mere seconds before throwing a trademark pitch I cannot even begin to imagine how to draw portraits these intense without having the subjects there before you Photographs, particularly those of the old and grainy variety, can only tell you so much And then there are the moments of relaxation Rube Foster and his Chicago American Giants disembark from a train as two boys look on in wonder Newark Eagles owners Abe and Effa Manley sit in front of a group of men singing as their bus hurtles them to their next game Nelson shakes things up, showing the men staring directly at the viewer or in the midst of the game one minute and then riding high on the shoulders of fans another, you never know what to expect.I seriously doubt that Hank Aaron writes a Foreword for every book proposal he receives Seems to me that he d do relatively few Yet with this book Aaron writes at the beginning, When I read these stories and look at the artwork, I am flooded by memories of years past and grateful for Kadir s fresh approach to the subject Children now have a chance to pay homage to heroes with cool names like Cumberland Posey and Cool Papa Bell It s a one of a kind book, the like of which you have not seen, nor ever will see again A triumph.

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    I agree with Karen s reviews from this morning Reading these non fiction children s books has been eye opening This is a great book Objectively it s probably a five star book, it only gets four stars from me because my interest in baseball isn t that great, that s not the books fault though At first I was afraid the book would fall apart under its language, the author uses a rhythm that is kind of old fashioned and stereotypically a rural African American Instead of ever crossing the line into being either a mockery or calling too much attention to the language and away from the material the language actually adds an authentic feel to the story being told Much of the material here I knew nothing about I had no idea about the Negro Baseball League, or any of the other non white baseball organizations that existed until integration in the late 1940 s If only I d been interested in baseball this book probably would have been very fascinating, and I probably would have wanted to delve into the material that Nelson had used as his source material I m pretty sure that if I had read this book when I was ten years old and when I actually did care about Baseball I would have loved it, read it over and over again, memorized every great painting in the book and to this day been able to tell you all the facts given about the baseball players described in this story.

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    Last school year, we had the opportunity to welcome author illustrator Kadir Nelson as a speaker He put on an assembly for our students as well as signed copies of his books The book I choose to get was We are the Ship The Story of Negro League Baseball This book was one that I had never read or had experience with Additionally, I didn t know much about Kadir Nelson s books The book was a telling of the history of Negro League baseball Detailing the successes the players had and the struggles as they tried to make their dreams come to by making into the Major Leagues or just known in the face of baseball The players played in multiple games each day, traveled on buses through bumpy roads, were told they couldn t eat or sleep in many places due to their color There were many players in the Negro league that played just as well as those in the White major leagues, but weren t allowed to play Some interesting aspects of the book were hearing about the Negro teams and what cities had teams As well as the athletes and how they got their names in the area of baseball It s sad though too that you don t hear about these athletes as much as you did Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig growing up The only ones that are better known that are talked about in the book was Jackie Robinson Kadir Nelson wrote and illustrated this book The voice that you felt when reading this story, made you feel that you were right there in the story, hearing it from a their own point of view language The illustrations in the story were so realistic and gave a firsthand glimpse into the world of the Negro League Baseball The story was set up in the way that each chapter was an inning in baseball, separated to show the progression of the Negro League In this way, the students could create a time line of the league Another option would be to compare and contrast the Negro League and the White League by pulling other resources Also, this book could be a follow up to the Civil War unit to demonstrate that even though blacks were free, they still faced hardships.

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    This beautifully illustrated book chronicles the rise and fall of Negro League Baseball Full page paintings give you a real look at some of the most talented baseball players of their time and possibly of any time The writing is also awesome Using a collective we , Kadir Nelson speaks with the voice of all Negro League players, like he s been there and seen everything that he talks about He uses a very conversational tone, like you were sitting on the back porch with any one of the players and talking about the things he d seen Unfortunately, many of the Negro League players seem to have been lost over the passage of time That makes this a very important book, a look at a neglected history And that s why it surprised me so much that the women who played in the Negro League were not mentioned at all I would have given this book a much higher rating, but it seems a glaring omission to me Albeit, most of the action wraps up around 1945 when Jackie Robinson signed with the Major Leagues And Mamie Johnson, Toni Stone, and Connie Morgan didn t join the league until somewhere around 1953 But it still seems like Nelson is doing to the women players what white people did to the African American players by neglecting to mention them, he s effectively erasing them from history The subtitle of the book proclaims it to be the story of Negro League Baseball Why aren t women a part of that story

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    If this doesn t win an award of some kind it will be a tragedy The artwork alone is enough to make this book a hit But Kadir Nelson s storytelling ability draws in the reader and keeps us wanting to know As I read, I felt like I was sitting and listening to someone like Buck O Neill talking about the old days He traces the history of the Negro Leagues from its inception through its heyday We not only learn about the skills of some of the famous players, but we also learn about what life was like on the road and in the ballparks I may be a little prejudiced because I grew up in Kansas City, home of the Monarchs Even though I never saw them play their influence was still palpable as their players aged I remember when Satchel Paige died and recently mourned the passing of Buck O Neill, a legend in Kansas City But I learned a lot from this book that I never knew or thought much about The chapter on playing baseball in Cuba and Mexico was an eye opener.The artwork in this books deserves a special mention I could feel the heat of the ball parks while looking at these pictures Nelson captures both the power and dignity of his subjects as well as their grace while they played Both kids and adults will learn a lot from this book either through the storytelling or through the artwork It is a masterpiece as far as I m concerned.

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    One of the best African American History books in the category of sports Fantastic The paintings look like photographs, and the research for this was phenomenal.

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    Okay, ready to be jealous Kadir Nelson is here in Springfield at the Illinois Reading Council Conference I spoke to him after his presentation on his art He is soft spoken, as Junko knows, and incredibly talented with oils and ethical when it comes to authenticity in his works.We Are the ShipSibert Award 2009I went to one of Kadir Nelson s sessions at IRC today This very soft spoken man had us on the edge of our seats, moving in closer to get a glimpse of the boy who has been drawing since he was three years old, and the quiet, thoughtful, scholarly man whose oil paintings are strong with color, reflective light, elongated lines, and almost photographic reality The layout of the book, from the chocolate brown end papers, to the light gray quotes from baseball s ghosts, to the double page spreads, and fold out ticket opening to the First Colored World Series, makes the reader want to explore the illustrations The use of earth tones that blend reality and imagination mimics the dusty, earthy baseball field and captures the tone and passion for the games.These paintings ooze dignity, strength, emotion, and of course, the love of the game The lists of Negro players, endnotes, author s note, acknowledgments, index, and sources add to the authenticity of the work.The elongated arms and legs work well for the game of baseball where the pitchers especially look like nothing but arms and legs The attention to the way the cloth of the uniforms fold and pick up light is masterful The light bouncing off the faces of the players is rich and adds to Nelson s visualization of baseball players attitudes and emotions.I found Nelson s explanation of the models he used to be, I don t want to say interesting because that word is used too much, but I can say he definitely held our attention as he explained how he used himself as a model because models are expensive Besides, if he had an idea late at night, it is hard to get a model when he needed one.To a baseball fan and history fanatic, the attention Nelson paid to accuracy makes this nonfiction picture book one to read, read, visit, and revisit every baseball season.The Higher Power of LuckyFor children the questions of, Who am I and Am I loved are constant I think ______ has presented a story about Lucky growing up with these questions, pondering them

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    We Are The Ship The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir NelsonThis book is the general history of Negro League Baseball from the beginning when African Americans left professional baseball due to all the physical and mental hatred they had to endure from White players to when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier of Major League Baseball thus ushering in the end of the Negro Leagues as Major League Baseball owners began to sign Negro League players Famous Negro League players, teams, and owners are highlighted during the story, and important Negro League games and cities are also discussed during this very interesting read Other important topics such as the life a Negro League player, the Negro League All Star Game, and Latin American players are also shared during the story This is simply a great book that gives a child great knowledge about Negro League Baseball and the hardships African Americans had to endure just to play the game they loved.There are great, full paged detailed paintings throughout the book that truly depicts the life and times of the players The paintings are well done, and really puts the reader back in the early 1900 s Special features include a foreword by Major League Baseball s great Hank Aaron, and a four page fold out painting of the two teams that played in the first Colored World Series on October 11, 1924 This is a very well written and illustrated book History teachers could use this book to teach American History, race relations in the United States, segregation, and American sports It is a advanced read centering on a complex topic for a children s book, so I would use this book from 3rd to 5th grades Some words to focus on are Negro League Baseball, segregation, Rube Foster, Jackie Robinson, Kansas City Monarchs, Branch Rickey, color barrier , uniforms, organize, contracts.

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