Crowe, Chris Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game, 28 pgs. Candlewick Press, 2012. $16.99. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G. PICTURE BOOK.
Homer, the voice in this story is, a boy who loves baseball and has a desire to see a black man play in the major leagues since the local Little League coach banned him from playing ball with them due to his race. Then, Larry Doby is hired to play for the Indians. Homer and his dad love to watch the Cleveland Indians play since Doby is on the team. Then, Doby hits a home run in a World Series playoff game on October 9, 1948. Homer and his dad go wild over the win with pride in their hearts for their race. The next morning, they notice in the paper that Doby and a white player, Gromek, are hugging each other and they rejoice in the prospect of change.
This historic picture book is a great reminder about the Jim Crow laws and the civil rights movement. It’s an inside look at black pride. Doby, and others like him, helped change the way the public looked at the abilities of black Americans. The historical pages in the back helped bring the emotions of the book into focus. This was a sweet story of hope.
EL, MS- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: MOMMC