Waiting for Pumpsie
Coming February 21, 2017. Pre-order now!
By: Barry Wittenstein / Illustrated by: London Ladd
"Change is coming real soon."
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.
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Author & Illustrator Bios:Barry Wittenstein, author
Barry Wittenstein has worked at CBS Records, CBS News, and was a web editor and writer for Major League Baseball. He is now an elementary-school substitute teacher and children's author. This is his first book for children. Barry lives in New York, New York.
London Ladd, illustrator
London Ladd is the illustrator of Under the Freedom Tree by Susan VanHecke, Oprah: The Little Speaker by Carole Boston Weatherford (Two Lions), and March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris (Scholastic). London lives in Syracuse, New York.
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Even after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, other hurdles remained for black professional baseball players. It's something that Bernard, the young African-American narrator of Wittenstein's first picture book, is acutely aware of. "How come the Giants got Wille Mays, and Jackie Robinson retired from the Dodgers, but we still don't have a Negro player?" Bernard, a devoted Red Sox fan, asks his father. A promising minor leaguer, Pumpsie Green, finally gets a shot to play, but it's no easy road; the Red Sox, Wittenstein explains, were the last major league team to intergrate, in 1959. The racism that Green was up against is evident in Wittenstein's story and in Ladd's (Fredrick's Journey) expressive, dramatically framed acrylics; at Fenway, Bernard and his family are told to "Sit down and shut up" by a white fan and then scolded by a policeman. Bernard's conversational narration creates a warm bond with readers from the get-go, and although Wittenstein and Ladd never sugarcoat instances of racial prejudice, the story's moments of triumph sound the loudest notes.
ISBN: 978-1-60734-949-5 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-950-1 PDF
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Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11
Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational. Grade 1. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational. Grade 2. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10