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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670011629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011629
  • ASIN: 0670011622
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–Jackie Robinson's daughter tells a story that takes place during the family's first Christmas in Brooklyn. Not everyone was happy to see a black family move in to the neighborhood. Young Steve Satlow, an avid Dodger fan, and his parents are exceptions; they welcome the Robinsons and become friends. On Christmas Eve, Steve is helping the Robinsons decorate their tree when Jackie learns that the Satlows don't have one. He shows up at their home with a tree for Steve, and his wife comes later with extra ornaments. They then learn that the Satlows are Jewish. What could have been an awkward moment becomes a lesson in tolerance and friendship. Lewis's lovely paintings do a fine job of conveying the time and place in this heartwarming story.Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Beginning with Stealing Home (1996), the author has introduced children to her father, Jackie Robinson, in a series of warmhearted picture books that humanize the legend. Based on actual events, this latest title begins with the Robinsons� move to Brooklyn, where the community petitions against the African American family�s arrival. Robinson tells the story from the perspective of a young Jewish boy, Steve Satlow, whose mother reminds him of the persecution that forced his Russian grandparents to seek religious freedom in America. Steve is thrilled when his family befriends the Robinsons, and he gets to watch the famous second baseman in action. In December, he helps the Robinsons decorate their Christmas tree, which starts a series of miscommunications between the two families that ends warmly. The realities of the racial prejudice that the Robinsons faced are a strong undercurrent in this story, which reaches for larger themes of cultural and religious tolerance, and Lewis� sensitive watercolor portraits capture the family dynamics and further showcase Robinson as both a great athlete and as the neighbor next door who makes mistakes like anyone else. Grades K-3. --Gillian Engberg

More About the Author

After a twenty-year career as a nurse midwife, Sharon Robinson shifted her focus to become an author and educational consultant for Major League Baseball (MLB). She has written five books about her father, including Jackie Robinson: American Hero (Scholastic, 2013) Jackie's Gift: A true Story of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Jackie Robinson with illustrator E.B. Lewis (Viking, 2010), Testing the Ice: A true story of Jackie Robinson with illustrator, Kadir Nelson (Scholastic, 2009). She has also written two middle-grade novels. Her next book, Under the Same Sun (Scholastic, 2014), features her mother and will be in bookstores January 2014.

In her work with MLB, Ms Robinson directs the national character education program: Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life. The program provides kids with stategies to deal with obstacles in their life. It culminates in a national essay contest with great prizes including laptop computers, school visits from Sharon, and a trip to MLB's All-Star Game! Now in it's 18th year, Breaking Barriers has reached over 22 million children. Sharon Robinson lives in Sarasota, Florida.

Learn more about Sharon and her books at www.sharonrobinsonink.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on December 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This engaging new picture book for the holiday season offers a touching and funny true story about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, written by his own daughter Sharon Robinson, and illustrated by award-winning artist E. B. Lewis.

Young Steve Satlow is a huge baseball fan, and it's a dream come true when star Dodger player Jackie Robinson and his family move onto their block in their Brooklyn neighborhood. We learn that some of their neighbors had tried to stop the Robinson family from being able to move into the neighborhood, but Steve's Jewish parents had refused to sign the petition. Steve and his family befriend the Robinsons, and Steve even gets to go to a Dodger game, sit in the family seats right behind home plate, and walk home with Jackie himself!

When the holidays come around, Steve is invited over to help trim the Robinsons' tree. When Jackie asks Steve if they've decorated their tree yet, Steve replies that they don't have one, and the subject seemed to be forgotten. That is, until Jackie Robinson arrives at Steve's house with a Christmas true under his arm. Of course Jackie doesn't realize the Satlows are Jewish and don't celebrate the holiday. Although Steve is excited with the gift, his parents don't know what to do, since to them the tree is a religious symbol. But when Mrs. Robinson comes over with ornaments for them to share, Mrs. Satlow tells them gently that they don't celebrate Christmas. What could be an awkward moment for all concerned becomes instead a teaching moment about religious tolerance and friendship.

I thought this was a delightful holiday story, enriched by E.B. Lewis' trademark watercolor illustrations, which lend a nostalgic mood to the 1940's setting. I would recommend this book for Jewish and Christian families alike, since it offers a subtle message of accepting all religious faiths which is well-suited to the holiday season.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia McCutcheon on January 14, 2012
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A wonderful, heart warming story of love and respect transcending race and religion. A true holiday story! A delightful story of two families support,respect and admiration for each other.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Neff on December 25, 2011
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This is a really great and funny story that we read to our kids every year, ages 3, 5, and 7.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Morris Rosman on October 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jackie Robinson.
Baseball
Christmas
Tolerance
These are all themes in this very well written books for children by Jackie's daughter. And it's fun, too! A really cool story based on a real-life
experience. This is the perfect holiday gift for kids, no matter what
religion or culture.
Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
"Jackie's Gift - A True Story of Christmas, Hanukkah and Jackie Robinson" is a delightful Children's Christmas Picture book based on the true story of Baseball's famous Jackie Robinson and his family moving to Brooklyn, New York and sharing their Holiday Spirit with a Jewish Family in 1948.

This 8 3/4 inch by 11 1/4 inch hardback book has 30 pages. Almost every other page is a full page full color painting by Caldecott Honor artist, E. B. Lewis. The full color paintings enhance the storyline quite well and vividly portray the characters and their feelings and actions. The full color pictorial cover and matching dust jacket show a smiling Jackie Robinson placing an angel on top of his Christmas tree with his Jewish neighbor's son son looking on. The last page of the book is a biographical sketch about the events in this book.

It is the Year 1948 and Jackie Robinson and his family move to Brooklyn, New York where he is playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When many of the white families in the neighborhood heard that a black family was moving in, many signed petitions to keep them out. One of the families who opposed the petition drive was the Satlow family - a Jewish family who were the descendents of persecuted Jews. Steve Satlow lived for baseball. Steve finds out that Jackie Robinson and his family are moving on his street and that they would be his neighbors. Never in his wildest imagination did he think he would be living two doors away from his baseball hero. After a winning season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, it is time for Christmas. The Robinsons are busy decorating their tree and Steve Satlow is anxiously helping to decorate it. The Robinsons ask Steve if his family has decorated their tree yet. Steve said, "We don't have one," with a heavy sigh.
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