New York: Jump At The Sun/Hyperion, 2008. First Edition, Later Printing. Small Folio. (29 cm) 88 pp. Full, baseball-mitt-colored vinyl. Black-stamped pictorial with titles in black on spine. Pictorial dust jacket with front jacket illustration of Josh Gibson. Light edgewear to dust jacket. Three award stickers affixed to front dust jacket. Near fine. Signed by the author on the title page. Item #124
The subject of Kadir Nelson's, "We Are The Ship", is Negro League Baseball. Ball players like Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Josh Gibson, are rendered in oil painting quality -- as if they were the Titans of Greek history. Full and double-page illustrations give the reader a feeling of what it must have been like at those incredible games. A glorious, exciting and exhilarating moment in the African American Experience that could not be eclipsed by racism and segregation. All little kids, both white and black, ran to the train station when Negro Baseball came to town. Winner of both the Sibert Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award (2009). The stickers associated with these honors are affixed to the front dust jacket. Kadir Nelson is both as an artist, his paintings collected by fine galleries and museums, and as a children's book illustrator. "We Are The Ship" was the first book Nelson both wrote and illustrated. Signed by the author/illustrator on the title page.