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Above the Rim - by Jen Bryant (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 40

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Sub-Genre: Sports & Recreation

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

Age Range: 4-8 Years

Book theme: Basketball

Author: Jen Bryant

Language: English

Street Date: October 6, 2020
TCIN: 80112270
UPC: 9781419741081
Item Number (DPCI): 247-46-2449
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



"Though not as widely known as other basketball legends, hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of the game's all-time greatest players-an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. A member of the early, scrappy NBA and one of the first professional African American players, Elgin (b. 1934) played in the late 1950s and early 1960s for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers, taking risks on and off the court. Known for his acrobatic style of moving and shooting, he inspired others to get creative with their game. But when traveling for away games, hotels and restaurants weren't as welcoming of Elgin as they were of his white teammates. Together, Elgin and his teammates boycotted places practicing segregation until the entire NBA followed suit. From picture book powerhouses Jen Bryant and Frank Morrison, Above the Rim is a peek into the early days of the NBA, a poetic telling of the life of an under-known athlete, and a celebration of standing up for what is right"--



Book Synopsis



Winner of 2021 Orbis Pictus Award!

The story of Elgin Baylor, basketball icon and civil rights advocate, from an all-star team

Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball's all-time-greatest players--an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional African-American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels and restaurants turned Elgin away because he was black. One night, Elgin had enough and staged a one-man protest that captured the attention of the press, the public, and the NBA.

Above the Rim is a poetic, exquisitely illustrated telling of the life of an underrecognized athlete and a celebration of standing up for what is right.



Review Quotes




"Frank Morrison's oil illustrations work perfectly to display the beauty of Baylor's fluid, "above the rim" style of play. Through his palette and extraordinary depiction of light, Morrison, highlights the beauty of Black skin--and the importance of figures like Elgin Baylor." -- "Shelf Awareness"

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Morrison's vibrant oil paintings fill the pages with personality, energy, and movement. His signature elongated figures are perfectly suited to depict the 6'5" baller... Inspirational and timely."-- "School Library Journal"

**STARRED REVIEW**
"With lively verse and elegant oil paintings, Bryant and Morrison masterfully place Baylor's midair "slashing, crashing, gliding" basketball heroics in the context of his times." -- "The Horn Book"

"Morrison's captivating oil on board scenes sear Baylor's tale into eyes and memories. The artist's signature long-and-lanky character styling is the perfect match, with the flying tangle of airborne legs a glorious theme for his disciplined composition, and the elegant stature of Baylor himself underscoring his dignified, principled protest."-- "Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

"Morrison's lengthened lines in his stylized oil-on-board illustrations sinuously depict Baylor's gravity-defying grace."-- "Publishers Weekly"

"With Baylor's story, Bryant and Morrison demonstrate that NBA players have a long history of speaking (or, in Baylor's case, sitting) out against injustices in society. Bryant's spare, emphatic text relates how Baylor's Minneapolis Lakers were affected by Jim Crow and how his protest led to a change in NBA policy. Morrison's vibrant paintings emphasize Baylor's lithe athleticism, elongated arms and legs extending balletically."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Morrison's captivating oil paintings feature dramatic compositions, rich colors, and the artist's distinctive, elongated figures. Equally impressive is his ability to portray the emotional depths of individuals, from small-minded segregationists to heroes of the civil rights movement. Strong storytelling and riveting artwork make this a memorable picture book."-- "Booklist"



About the Author



Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels, and poems for readers of all ages. Her numerous awards include two Caldecott Honors, two ALA Schneider Family Book Awards, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award and Honor, and a Sibert Medal and Honor. Frank Morrison is the award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including two Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor books, a John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, an NAACP Image Award winner, and a Society of Illustrators Silver Medal winner.
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