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When Jackie and Hank Met [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Goldberg Fishman , Mark Elliott
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Book Description

Jackie and Hank were born eight years and one thousand miles apart. Nobody knew these babies would grow up and play baseball. Nobody knew Jackie and Hank would meet and become heroes. Jackie Robinson and Hank Greenberg were two very different people. But they both became Major League Baseball players, and they both faced a lot of the same challenges in their lives and careers. For Jackie, it was because of his skin color. For Hank, it was because of his religion. On May 17, 1947 these two men met for the first time colliding at first base in a close play. While the crowd urged them to fight, Jackie and Hank chose a different path. This is the story of two men who went on to break the barriers of race and religion in American sports and became baseball legends in the process. Beautiful text by Cathy Goldberg Fishman is paired with sumptuous paintings by Mark Elliott. Generous back matter material includes a photo and prose biography of each man, timelines, quotes, resources to learn more, and a selected bibliography.

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While the moment when Jackie Robinson and Hank Greenberg met (crashing together at first base in a 1947 game) isn’t among the lauded moments in baseball history, Fishman makes a case that there’s more to the encounter than meets the eye. This dual biography parallels the racism the two athletes encountered on their paths to greatness, and is reinforced by Elliott’s somewhat static paintings that show mirroring scenes from the two men’s lives on facing pages. While Robinson had to break the color barrier, that doesn’t mean the vitriol Greenberg faced as one of the few Jewish ballplayers was any less daunting. Fishman structures the narrative around swelling and shrinking distances, with the two being born 1,000 miles apart, growing up 2,000 miles apart, and finally squaring off 90 feet apart on the field before their collision closed the gap and “nothing separated Jackie and Hank.” This emphasis neatly reinforces the men’s similarities in both character and life experience. An unusual and welcome new slant on a well-covered era in American sports history. — Ian Chipman, Booklist March 2012

About the Author

Author Cathy Goldberg Fishman lives in Augusta, Georgia. She has taught elementary school, sold encyclopedias from door-to-door, run a daycare center, and owned a children’s bookstore. Currently she splits her time between writing, teaching at a community college, and teaching at her synagogue. She is the author of a number of books for children, including the Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book, On Sukkot and Simchat Torah, illustrated by Melanie Hall. Cathy and her husband, Steven, have two children. Although Cathy does not play baseball, she remembers going with her grandfather to watch the Atlanta Crackers play at Ponce de Leon Park. She now roots for the Atlanta Braves.

Illustrator Mark Elliott holds a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He has illustrated a number of picture books as well as middle grade and young adult book covers. He is currently working on the artwork for Yukon: Sled Dog by Judith Janda Presnall. His work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Guild and has appeared in numerous Spectrum Annuals.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5600 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson in Baseball December 8, 2012
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I read this with my son who is almost eight years old. He's a baseball player and fan and recently watch his first major league ballgame. We saw the Indians play the Yankees in Cleveland where Hank Greenburg became team manager in 1948, it was nice to have that frame of reference as we read this book.

I'll be honest I get rather bummed out when I read stories about prejudice and hatred to my kids but I think it's important for them to know our country's history and books like this create an opportunity for us to talk about how we treat people and what's right and wrong.

I've been working on a book list for work that includes books that promote the acceptance of diversity and this one will be added to it. I would recommend this for school age children because of the length of the text.

Overall a good story to help remind us about the history of our country and an opportunity to talk about acceptance.
I also really like 'And Tango Makes Three' by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell which creates similar opportunities.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great approach to a tough subject in 20th-c history December 20, 2012
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My little first-grader is more into history than baseball, but he still loved this book. He was totally into the suspense of the ball players moving closer and closer to one another, and when they finally were "only 90 feet apart" he got really excited. I loved that this was a way to talk about prejudice and hatred, but also triumph and goodwill. We were able to integrate this with our history studies, and it really left an impression on him. And when I asked him what he most liked about the book, he said, "definitely the pictures." Indeed, the paintings really capture the story and help make the story more engaging. The biographical information and Internet links at the end are a nice bonus, but the story stands alone without them, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Men; Wonderful Story December 8, 2012
Jackie Robinson was a remarkable athlete and I've year about him my entire life. While I haven't been exposed to the life of Hank Greenberg as much. Their stories are parallel with racial discrimination and a drive to compete to become the best they could be. This story is written at a 6-8 year old level and deals with the issues accordingly. The illustrations are amazing. The dynamics of the story left this 40+ year old in awe while the children I read the story to asked tons of questions (which is incredible and how we all learn). Truly a work of art that should make it to every library and hands of every child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Young Baseball Fans December 6, 2012
When Jackie and Hank Met is author Cathy Goldberg Fishman and illustrator Mark Elliott's telling and depiction of the lives of baseball greats Jackie Robinson and Hank Greenberg. The focal point is the famous 1947 collision at first base that the two experienced. Despite the calls from bloodthirsty fans for a fight, Robinson and Greenberg simply went on with the game and eventually became friends. The book also focuses on the prejudice that Robinson (race) and Greenberg (religion) faced growing up and in professional baseball. As a college educator and a volunteer reader for the local public library's dial-a-story program and at a local elementary school, I can appreciate this book on several levels. In a world of dissonant voices and lack of civility, When Jackie and Hank Met captures two great athletes at their best as classy human beings with a respect for the game and for each other. Despite the one major negative--the American publisher had this book printed in Malaysia--When Jackie and Hank Met is highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any young baseball fan! December 7, 2012
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This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson - both great heroes of baseball that had to fight against prejudice to play the sport that they loved. Hank Greenberg's religion (Judaism) was something that drew hecklers and jeers from the audience and Jackie Robinson was one of the first African American players to play on a 'white' team.

The author has done a skillful job of juxtaposing the lives of the two men as they grow from children to young men; both struggling against prejudice and even violence. Their encounter on Forbes Field as they played on opposing teams is the essence of what sports should be about - a deep respect for every other player even when they are on the opposing team.

The story is followed by a brief timeline of each player's life and list of websites where the reader can learn more about these two heroes.

This book would make a wonderful gift for any young baseball player!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball legends who made a difference! December 11, 2012
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Cathy Goldberg Fishman's children's story "When Jackie and Hank Met" is a wonderful addition to a child's library, especially for young boys who love baseball. Jack "Jackie" Robinson and Henry "Hank" Greenberg helped to change the "face" of baseball, to include those who traditionally were shut-out from the game (Jews and Blacks). While both grew up thousands of miles away from each other, and under very different circumstances, each had a story that lead them to the same place in 1947 (a collision near first base on Forbes Field). Having grown up during a time of racial and religious intolerance, Jackie and Hank were able to do the unthinkable, they rose above it all and played the game! Each leaving a mark in the sport that remains even today.

Not only was this book well written (stuffed with information), but it was beautifully illustrated. The author was also able to explain, in great detail the climate of the time. Fishman did a wonderful job explaining, without overwhelming kids, what issues these players faced. While she highlighted the differences between Jackie and Hank, she also showed how they had more in common than one would believe at first glance. Jackie (the 1st black to play in the Major Leagues) was raised in the South, by his mother. He spent the beginning of his career playing in the Negro League due to segregation in society and in the sport. On the other hand, Hank's parents were immigrants from Europe who worshipped in a synagogue. He was ostracized from the game because of his religion. While you would think on the surface that these men were not alike, they were both hated for something beyond their control (race & religion). Both even joined the army to fight for their country although they both experienced hate from their fellow citizens.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
Perfect for my son, a second grader, who loves baseball, is learning about civil rights and is reading biographies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ivy A. Reilly
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing story
I anticipated an inspiring story but the subject matter was presented in a very ordinary and pedantic method that seemed to talk down to youngsters.
Published 12 months ago by martha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
My son loved it. He enjoyed all the interesting facts about Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson. He also loves baseball.
Published 15 months ago by jean blankman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I thought the book was very educational but very short... but over all I liked the book very much this would be a good book for 10+
Published 16 months ago by Angel T
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, too short.
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Published 20 months ago by Bunzreed
5.0 out of 5 stars A low-key delight
This book does not hit you over the head with flashy illustrations. It is as quietly brilliant as the men it honors. Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. M. Gill
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable entry for kids into baseball's history
When Jack met Hank recounts a brief meeting between Brooklyn Dodgers rookie Jackie Robinson and then Pirates first baseman Hank Greenberg. Read more
Published 21 months ago by dcreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about two heroes
When Jackie and Hank Met, as you can tell from the product description, is a picture book about Jackie Robinson and Hank Goldberg. Read more
Published on April 9, 2013 by Debra Brinkman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story
This books writes in parallel about the life of Jackie Robinson (the first Black player in the major leagues) and Hank Greenberg (the first Jewish player in the major leagues). Read more
Published on December 28, 2012 by D. A. J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
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My son will never know baseball that is segregated, but it's important that he learn why. Read more
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More About the Author

Cathy Goldberg Fishman was born in Mesa, Arizona, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She has taught elementary school, sold encyclopedias from door to door, and directed a day care center. When she moved to Augusta Georgia, she opened a children's bookstore in her house called Eeyore's Tale from late 1978 to 1981. At the bookstore, Cathy organized birthday parties, cooking classes for children, and many arts and crafts events. Cathy is married to Steven Fishman and has two grown children. Her son Xan (married to Katie Cassling) lives and works in Washington, DC, and her daughter Brittany lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Cathy now teaches full time at Georgia Military College in Augusta, GA.

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