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When Jackie and Hank Met by [Fishman, Cathy Goldberg]
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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)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IVLHBU
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By Barbarino VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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This book does not hit you over the head with flashy illustrations. It is as quietly brilliant as the men it honors. The story is told simply,but gives a good sense of the obstacles overcome by these talented men. Even people who are not baseball fans (like me) will enjoy it.
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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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When Jackie and Hank Met, as you can tell from the product description, is a picture book about Jackie Robinson and Hank Goldberg.

I read this to my 7 and 9 year olds, neither of whom are big baseball fans but they do have some idea as to the game. I think it would be even better for a little baseball fan!

What I liked: The illustrations are realistic, and big and attention-getting. The text describes some of the difficulties that Hank and Jackie faced in their lives *and* in baseball, and it did a fabulous job of comparing the similarities and differences in their upbringing. Pretty much each two-page spread compared what they were doing at a certain point in their lives, and mentioned how far apart they were. So it starts with them being born 1000 miles apart, and at the max (when both are serving in WWII) they are 6600 miles apart. From that point on, they start getting closer together, leading up to May 17, 1947 when their teams played in baseball, and the two of them collided.

Very cool little gimmick to follow through their lives and help drive the storyline for those young listeners.

My 9 year old thought the best part was the pictures of both Jackie and Hank on most pages. He liked that both men were portrayed as heroes in life, not just in baseball.

One thing I really appreciated was that the hatred of racism and anti-Semitism was talked about, so it was clear that both were picked on, harassed, and hated... but it didn't go into too much detail for these picture-book-aged children.
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