Just Like Josh Gibson

By Angela Johnson; Beth Peck (Illustrator)
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689826283, 32pp.)

Publication Date: January 2004

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Description

The story goes...

Grandmama could hit the ball a mile,

catch anything that was thrown,

and do everything else --

just like Josh Gibson.

But unfortunately, no matter how well a girl growing up in the 1940s played the game of baseball, she would have faced tremendous challenges. These challenges are not unlike those met by the legendary Josh Gibson, arguably the best Negro-League player to never make it into the majors.

In a poignant tribute to anyone who's had a dream deferred, two-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson and celebrated artist Beth Peck offer up this reminder -- that the small steps made by each of us inspire us all.




About the Author
Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last", Heaven", and Toning the Sweep". The First Part Last" was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She has written numerous books for younger readers, including the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You", illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers" and I Dream of Trains", both illustrated by Loren Long; A Sweet Smell of Roses", illustrated by Eric Velasquez; and Lottie Paris Lives Here "and Lottie Paris and the Best Place", both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

Bonnie Pryor's many notable picture books include The Porcupine Mouse, winner of the Irma Simonton Black Award. She lives in Gambier, Ohio.
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