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A nation's hope : the story of boxing legend Joe Louis

by de la Peña, Matt.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 21 Libraries 21 of 23 copies
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Summary

Once a boyhood dream, now a people's hope The weight of history hangs on Joe's shoulders

On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake then just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent the country's war with Germany.

From Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson and acclaimed novelist Matt de la Pena, 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.


Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Sometimes a boxing match is just that, a sport played out on the fists and jaws of two determined contenders. But sometimes it is so much more, as in the 1938 bout between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. This spectacularly illustrated, smoothly cadenced picture book sets up the historic fight Son of a black sharecropper / against Hitler's master race' / Black and white Americans / together against the rule of Nazi hate and then quickly traces Louis' rise from a quiet boy in Jim Crow America to a magnificent fighter and national hero. Nelson, who's incapable of even a mediocre painting, flexes his artistic muscle here, varying his always effective blue-sky-backed, leveled-gaze portraits with dizzying and dramatic angles, both in and out of the ring. The full weight of the fight's import may need some additional historical context for young readers, but the message rings through in any case: that this was a unifying and triumphant moment of national pride, for all Americans, and that sports can capture people's hearts for more reasons than just winning.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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 master race,' " de la Pena (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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Louis, Joe, -- 1914-1981 -- Juvenile literature.
Louis, Joe, -- 1914-1981.
African American boxers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Dial Books for Young Readers,2011
Contributors Nelson, Kadir.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN 9780803731677 (hbk.)
0803731671 (hbk.)
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