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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.

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545540062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545540063
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By APinkRN on November 21, 2013
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Great book that was perfect for my son's book report. Written in a manner that highlights his achievements and emphasizes his contributions to civil rights. I read it as well and was surprised at how little I knew about this amazing man. Baseball is low on the list of his amazing achievements,
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I really liked the real pictures of Jackie Robinson in this book. I thought it was a great idea for his sister to write some books about Jackie. She gives insight into her brother's life that not many authors would be able to give her view point. My fourth graders enjoyed the real-life photos. It was interesting to listen to their comments about the real-life pictures.
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Ms. Robinson does a lovely job of educating children about her amazing father. I can't wait to teach my nieces and nephew about Jackie Robinson and what he means to baseball and this country and this is a good start.
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The book is excellent. However, we totally missed that is was more of a kids addition. I would still recommend as it is a wonderful story
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Whether or not you are a baseball fan (I happen to be one! GO PHILLIES!), this book is essential for young Americans today. It is about so much more than baseball, but will draw your baseball-loving young patrons also! Our youngsters need heroes, and Jackie Robinson is one of the bravest men within my own lifetime that I can think of. Our minority youngsters need to know what the struggle used to be, and yes, today, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, they need the light of Jackie's courage and faith that he COULD make a difference! Our white youngsters need information of this sort, to open their eyes, to develop compassion, and to help them to make the right choices themselves on issues of race. Thank you, a million times, Sharon Robinson, for the children's books you are writing about your wonderful father. They are treasures in our library collection, and I applaud your meticulous research and your grab-the-reader writing ability.
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I was a kid and a devoted Dodger fan who lived in a Yankee household when Jackie Robinson joined the team. Listened to the games on the radio at night. I don't think I had much understanding of what was really going on at that time. So the movie 42 and the book were eye openers for me.
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