PICTURE BOOKS
Wittenstein, Barry

Waiting for Pumpsie

(3) K-3 Illustrated by London Ladd. It's 1959, and the Boston Red Sox--the last all-white Major League Baseball team--finally call up a black player named Pumpsie Green. Fictional narrator Bernard, a young African American fan, earnestly relates what this means to him. Based on real events, Wittenstein's story doesn't gloss over the racism present but is ultimately buoyantly positive. Ladd's painterly acrylic illustrations add a nostalgic quality. Bib.

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