WILLIE AND THE ALL-STARS, written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

January 5, 2009 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

willieWillie, an African-American boy, loves nothing more than baseball.  He plays stickball with friends in the streets of Chicago and listens to the games at Wrigley Field in the old radio at home. He dreams of becoming a Major League player.  But his neighbor Ol’ Ezra tells him he’ll never be one because of the color of his skin. Willie is crushed and downcast, until one day Ol’ Ezra gives him a pair of tickets to an exhibition game between the Negro League All-Star team and the Major League All-Stars.  In an exciting and breathtaking game at Wrigley Field, Willie witnesses the ragtag Negro League All-Stars beat the Major Leaguers, and how two members of the opposing teams shake hands afterwards in a gesture of hope and acknowledgement.  In sepia-tone illustrations nostalgic of Chicago in the 1940s, the artist captures the core of Willie’s dreams.

Ages 4-8, 32 pages

Recommended. Amelia L. Carling- Pelham

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