Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Champions on the Bench: the Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars by Carole Boston Weatherford

Champions on the Bench by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrations by Leonard Jenkins is the perfect companion book to Campy The Story of Roy Campanella that I wrote about the other day.
Champions on the Bench is a story based on the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA Little League All-Stars who faced discrimination when the white teams refused to play them in the Little League World Series. This story is a realistic way for students to learn about discrimination and segregation because it is a topic many can relate to, sports.
I loved the pictures in this book which were created with pencil, acrylic, and spray paint (of all things). It is just an all around lovely book and I will be reading both this book and Campy this year.

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