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A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louisby Matt De La Pena
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The magnificent, inspiring story of an
AMERICAN SPORTS HERO
On the eve of World War II, African-American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title. For much of America, their fight came to represent Americas war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers on this historic fight in which the American people came together to celebrate our nations founding ideals.
New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Book Award
Booklist Editor's Choice Best Books of 2011
School Library Journal Best Books of 2011
"Nelson's (Mama Miti) photographically realistic, luminescent oil paintings bring to life this lyrical tribute to boxing legend Joe Louis. Focusing on Louis's 1938 rematch against German Max Schmeling, 'Son of a black sharecropper/ against Hitler's Ã¢Â€Â˜master race,' ' de la PeÃ±a (We Were Here), in his first picture book, shows how the event unified a racially divided country for one evening, 'white men hugging black men/ and black men hugging back.' The story of the fight bookends a biography of Louis. Spare, evocative verse melds with the eloquent illustrations to create palpable energy around the fight and Louis's struggle to the top. 'Black neighborhoods,/ longing for a hero to call their own, found Joe,/ and danced his every triumph in the streets.' The accompanying spread shows fans cheering from rooftops and windows as Joe and his wife walk down a Harlem sidewalk. Another stunning scene features a closeup of two pairs of entangled red boxing gloves, with Louis's copper muscles bulging as he helps a white opponent to his feet. A dramatic introduction to a pugilist who symbolized many things for an entire country. Ages 6 — 8. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
This powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight between American Joe Lewis and German Max Schmeling, in which Black and White America were able to put aside their prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals. Full color.
On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals.
About the Author
Matt de la Pena, an acclaimed novelist, lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kadir Nelson, New York Times bestselling author and two-time Caldecott Honor winner lives in San Diego, California.
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