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Jackie & Me (Baseball Card Adventures) Paperback – February 2, 2000
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"Fans of America's favorite pastime will particularly appreciate the details...Full of action, this title will spark history discussions and be a good choice for book reports and leisure reading." -- "School Library Journal""Dan Gutman has devised a wonderful mechanism for teaching social history while telling a great tale." -- "The Philadelphia Inquirer""Pounds home a powerful message about a great man in a kid-friendly way...great play-by-play action." -- "Buffalo News"
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Although I haven't read Jackie and me, I feel like I have. My son has been saying quite frequently, "Hey, listen to this." The book presents the unfair treatment of African Americans in a way that involves the reader. Evan has been told many times about slavery, segregation, and civil rights. He understood the information, but,until now I think he felt no empathy for those who were treated so unfairly.
If you have a child who enjoys baseball--get this book. Dan Gutman, thank you so much.
Overall, I wouldn't change a word in this book. There were several characters in this book like Ant, Dixie Walker, and the racist fans, who showed me how life was for Black people in 1947. Reading about these situations not only made me think about how horrible it was for Black people, but also how difficult it was for the White people who tried to be their friends like Pee Wee Reese. When I saw the picture of the real note that was given to Jackie telling him that he would be killed if he crossed the foul line in the next game, I wished I could travel back in time and fix what was going on. The part that was most surprising was when Joe changed into an African-American when he traveled back in time. That experience really helped Joe understand what it was like to be Black in the `40s. One last upside to the book is that I learned how to hit a curveball!
In this book�s introduction, Joe Stoshack explains that he has a very special talent. When Joe holds a baseball card in his hands he can travel back in time. Later in the book, this talent becomes very useful when Joe has to write a history report on an African-American who made the world a better place. For his report, Joe decides to go back in time to meet Jackie Robinson. He wanted to meet Jackie because he loved sports and knew a great deal about baseball. Joe also wanted to understand what it felt like to be the first black man in professional baseball.
Joe leaves Louisville, Kentucky, and is transported back into Jackie�s time. He soon arrives in front of Macy�s in New York, on April 14th, 1947 and finds he has become black. Joe was soon introduced to Jackie. Joe was invited to sleep on Jackie�s couch because Joe helped a good friend of Jackie�s after he had been attacked with a broken bottle. Eventually, Joe is accidentally made a batboy for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson�s team. At first, Joe was nervous and scared that he was a black kid. He was treated badly by the white boys. He soon learned how difficult it was to be a black person, and how badly it feels to be made fun of for being black.
Joe soon understands the pain and frustration Jackie felt being a black man among all white team-mates. Jackie was sent threatening letters, called bad names, and treated very rudely and unkindly. Jackie Robinson was brave and strong, he refused to fight back and he refused to quit. The other players didn't want to be Jackie's friend, and they often ignored him altogether. One day, Pee Wee Reese started joking with Jackie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jackie and me is an amazing book! I think everybody should read it. One of the parts that I like is when, Joe started to beat Ant in the shoeshine race they had everyday after... Read morePublished 7 months ago by ells edū
My baseball-fanatic second-grader and I read this book together. The reading level is supposedly for fourth to fifth graders, but there were only a few 'big' words with which he... Read morePublished 11 months ago by a voice of reason