From School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Fueled by interest from the film, children will appreciate this biography by the daughter of the famous African American baseball player. Readers will immediately understand the significance of how a young black ballplayer broke the racial barrier and helped desegregate Major League Baseball. Because of the author's careful delineation of the restraint Robinson needed to maintain his composure, children will understand and have empathy for this player who was yelled at from the stands yet persevered and played on with determination, becoming an American hero. Rather than focusing on a single episode in Robinson's life as in Testing the Ice (Scholastic, 2009), the author gives a brief overview from childhood, to marriage, to death while showcasing myriad black-and-white family photos. This book can prompt discussions whenever bullying topics are introduced. It is worth replacing older biographies with a fresher look.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Sharon Robinson offers up this brief biography of her famous father, Jackie, to coincide with the opening of the movie 42, which recounts the life of the great baseball player. For Jackie, his family was a treasure, and he always wanted them safe and protected from racial prejudice. But in his public life, he regularly dealt with racial taunts, overt hostilities, and threats on his life. When Branch Rickey took the chance and signed Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson agreed not to respond to the negativity, but rather hold himself to tough standards. This book hits the high points of Jackie’s life and career, whereas the author’s considerably longer biography, Stealing Home: An Intimate Family Portrait by the Daughter of Jackie Robinson (1996), provides a more personal and in-depth look at the Robinson family. Well-chosen black-and-white and color photos appear throughout, and a short but illuminating interview with the author concludes. Grades 3-5. --J. B. Petty
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