A Nation's Hope

The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

A 2015 ALA-ALSC Notable Video!

By Matt de la Peña Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Read by J.D. Jackson Biographies & Memoirs / Children’s Fiction / Nonfiction English Age group 5-9 10m Sell Sheet Also available on
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1 Video DVD May 13, 2014 $29.99 $29.99 9781629236230 Add to Cart
									On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals.

3 1/2 stars. "...this fine tribute is highly recommended." - Video Librarian

“This inspiring, beautifully done production merits a place in any collection.” - School Library Journal (video review)

"Slow lingering pans allow Nelson’s art work to shine in this stunning iconographic adaptation of de la Peña’s 2011 picture book biography. JD Jackson’s authoritative narration matches the grandeur of the on-screen images." - American Library Association

Starred review. "Spare, evocative verse melds with the eloquent illustrations to create palpable energy around the fight and Louis's struggle to the top." - Publishers Weekly

Starred review. "Spectacularly illustrated and smoothly cadenced." - Booklist

Starred review. "Stunning art and dramatic storytelling." - School Library Journal (book review)

Starred review. "de la Pena's tersely poetic narration is riveting, and Nelson's oil paintings draw viewers directly into the ring." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

2015 ALA Notable Children's Video - Awards