Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Nation's HOPE- The Story of Joe Louis by Matt De La Pena- ESSENTIAL

Nelson, Kadir.  De La Pena, Matt.  A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, 40 pages.  Penguin Young Readers, 2011.  $17.99.  Inside cover:  “Once a boyhood dream, now a people’s hope.  The weight of the world 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 than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent the country’s war with Germany.”  This is a powerful picture book biography!  I actually cried when I read the story and struggled with my emotions at the end.  “The entire stadium in pandemonium, white men hugging black men and black men hugging back.”  This would be a great addition to any classroom or library and could be used in many cross curriculum areas!  The illustrations are incredible! A must for all teachers!  EL (K-3).  EL. ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer: SL.  

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