We Are the Ship

An eye-opening nonfiction children’s book that chronicles the rise and fall of the Negro Baseball League. Who knew there was such an amazing historical background with many greats aside from Jackie Robinson. The text and beautiful illustrations recount the events that broke up the league, unfair treatment received from the majors, and segregation of the players from the 1920’s-40’s.

Nelson, K. (2008). We are the ship. NY: Hyperion.

Evaluative Criteria: Organization

  • We are the Ship is strategically organized to present information in the form of innings, an appropriate and clever way to break up the information while still tying it to the focus of the book: Baseball. Nelson tells the story of the Negro Baseball League from when it began in the 1920’s through the late 1940’s. Each ‘inning’ is an informal chapter in the book of Negro Baseball in chronological order, parallel to that of baseball innings. The author’s organizational strategy gives the reader a timeline of the history, presents people in order in which they were pertinent in Negro Baseball, and makes for an efficient way to pinpoint a specific time frame if necessary. With all things considered, this book meets the criteria described in the textbook because it has a “clear sequence of information”.

Interview with Kadir Nelson about his book:

BBC World News. (2008, March 24). “Kadir Nelson: We Are the Ship” Retrieved February 20, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1OqigCq8H4

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