AUTHOR: Leah Henderson
ILLUSTRATOR: George Doutsiopoulos
CAPSTONE EDITIONS: A Capstone Imprint
Mamie Johnson stepped on the mount to pitch in one of her first Negro League games. She knew she was ready. She was the first female pitcher in professional baseball. Even if others doubted a woman could pitch to the fellas, she didn't.
"How do you expect to strike anyone out and you're not as big as a peanut?" an opposing batter yelled.
Only 5 feet 4 inches tall and barely 120 pounds, Mamie smirked.
The batter found himself back on the bench quickly, but the name Peanut stuck. And on that day in 1953, another individual realized not to underestimate Mamie "Peanut" Johnson.
JACKET COPY: Mamie Peanut Johnson was born to play baseball. While she may have looked small and slight, her pictching arm packed a whole lot of power. Mamie's dream was to play professional baseball but she was rejected by the whites-only All-American Girls Professional Baseball League due to the color of her skin. When Mamie finally got the chance to face the men in baseball's Negro's leagues, the pop of her fastball hitting the catcher's mitt announced that she deserved a place on the mound.
REVIEW: This is such an awesome and inspiring tale of "she persevered." Of talent. Of the need for us all to be able to play in the sandbox together and look at what's inside of us, our hearts. I just loved so much about this book -- Little Mamie's big personality, the author's writing, the illustrator's active and engaging art. This is honestly, a perfect book for today and I am thankful to have had the pleasure to read and review it and to share it with others. ALL STARS <3
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January 31, 2020.