In 1959 the Boston Red Sox was the last team in the Major Leagues to integrate. But when they call Elijah “Pumpsie” Green up from the minors, Bernard is overjoyed to see a black player on his beloved home team. And, when Pumpsie’s first home game is scheduled, Bernard and his family head to Fenway Park. Bernard is proud of Pumpsie and hopeful that this historic event is the start of great change in America. This fictionalized account captures the true story of baseball player Pumpsie Green’s rise to the major leagues. The story is a snapshot of the Civil Rights Movement and a great discussion starter about the state of race relations in the United States today.
Segregated Charleston, SC, 1955: There are 62 official Little League programs in South Carolina -- all but one of the leagues is composed entirely of white players. The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars, an all-black team, is formed in the hopes of playing in the state's annual Little League Tournament. What should have been a time of enjoyment, however, turns sour when all of the other leagues refuse to play against them and even pull out of the program. As the only remaining Little League team in the state, Cannon Street was named state winner by default, giving the boys a legitimate spot in the Little League Baseball World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. While the Cannon Street team is invited to the game as guests, they are not allowed to participate since they have not officially "played" and won their state's tournament. Let Them Play takes its name from the chant shouted by the spectators who attended the World Series final. Author Margot Theis Raven recounts the inspiring tales of the Cannon Street All-Stars as they arrived in Williamsport, PA and never got the chance to play for the title thanks to the bigotry and ignorance of the South Carolina teams. Winning by forfeit, the Cannon Streeters were subsequently not allowed to participate in Williamsburg because they had not "played" their way into the tournament. Let Them Play is an important civil rights story in American history with an even more important message about equality and tolerance. It's a tale of humanity against the backdrop of America's favorite pastime that's sure to please fans of the sport and mankind. This summer will mark the 50th year since the fans' shouts of Let Them Play fell on deaf ears and 14 boys learned a cruel lesson in backwards politics and prejudice. This book can help teach us a new lesson and assure something like this never happens again.
Are you ready to take an imaginary trip to long-ago time and faraway place? Life for kids in "The Middle Kingdom" was filled with plenty of hard work but also plenty of fun. Come along to this place of emperors and dynasties, farming and festivals, kites and dragon boats and colorful silk robes. Let's visit Ancient China!
Journey back in time to the days of the mighty Roman Empire, Join Cato, the young son of a merchant, as he and his best friend Titus watch the triumphal parade of the emperor, cheer on their favorite team in the chariot races, and sneak into the Colosseum to witness the violent clash of the gladiators. Along the way, you can solve the mystery of how our hero ends up surrounded by pigs at the story's end. It's a bloody, muddy adventure in one of history's greatest empires.
Many centuries ago, the powerful Aztec empire dominated much of what we call Mexico today. Their society was blood-thirsty and violent, yet the Aztecs also created beautiful artwork, complex calendars, and chocolate! Lots of chocolate! Take a journey to long ago and far away: Come see the empire of the Aztecs.
Travel back in time to a place where almost all life began. Life in Mesopotamia was full of honoring gods and following kings, working the farms, and traveling the rivers. From fancy palaces to simple farms, the people lived lives full of hard work, play, and family. Step inside and see for yourself.
Come visit Ancient Egypt, the land of sand and soil! What was it like to be a kid in this long ago land? Did you go to school? What games would you play? What was family life like? Pharaohs, pyramids, hieroglyphs, mummies, and more wait to be discovered by you, so let's take a trip to Ancient Egypt!