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Jackie's Gift Hardcover – October 14, 2010

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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
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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

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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: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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Jackie Robinson.
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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