The story goes...
Grandmama could hit the ball a mile,
catch anything that was thrown,
and do everything else
just like Josh Gibson.
But unfortunately, no matter how well a girl growing up in the 1940s played the game of baseball, she would have faced tremendous challenges. These challenges are not unlike those met by the legendary Josh Gibson, arguably the best Negro-League player to never make it into the majors.
In a poignant tribute to anyone who's had a dream deferred, two-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson and celebrated artist Beth Peck offer up this reminder that the small steps made by each of us inspire us all.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. The First Part Last was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels Looking for Red and A Certain October. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers and I Dream of Trains, both illustrated by Loren Long; and Lottie Paris Lives Here and its sequel Lottie Paris and the Best Place, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books include A Sweet Smell of Roses, Just Like Josh Gibson, The Day Ray Got Away, and All Different Now. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story compares gender and race. The girl is not allowed to play baseball because of her gender, just like Josh Gibson was not allowed to play baseball because of his race. The use of the color pink in the girl's clothes extends the meaning of gender. The front and back covers express the theme of the story. The front cover shows the girl and a shadow of Josh Gibson behind and to her right. The girl is in the same batting stance as Josh Gibson. The back cover has a photo of a girl posing front row center with the boy's baseball team, wearing her pink dress and Sunday shoes. The photo depicts her dream to play baseball with the boys. A biography of Josh Gibson concludes the book.
A grandmother tells her childhood story of how back in the fourties, girls were not allowed to play in baseball games. But when one member on the team got hurt, she was finally able to play in a baseball game hitting the ball so hard just like Josh Gibson.