Tuesday, July 9, 2013

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?


Author: Jonah Winter
Illustrator:   Terry Widener
Publisher:  Schwartz & Wade
Publication Year:   2013
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Booklist Top Ten, Publisher's Weekly & Kirkus starred reviews,

Summary:  "You never heard of Willie Mays?! THE Willie Mays?! Oh, geez, where to begin?" As accessibly written as any non-fiction I've ever read, this book tells the story of the life of Willie Mays starting as a kid in 1941. Willie was a natural and he grew up to play pro ball in the Negro League and then finally in the major leagues for the New York Giants. After serving in World War II, Mays returned to play on TV and show America that a black player could be one of the best to ever play the game. The conversational tone would appeal to any child reader who's interested in baseball.

Classroom Ideas: classroom studies of civil rights, segregation, World War II

Extras: Detailed facts given in small green "tickets" included within the text, glossary, resources, quotations, author's note, lenticular cover

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