Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out (Time For Kids Biographies Series)

Overview

Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play baseball in the modern major leagues. That may not seem like a big deal today — but in 1947 it was a very big deal. Until Jackie stepped up to the plate, African Americans couldn't play on most professional sports teams.

TIME For Kids® Biographies help make a connection between the lives of past heroes and the events of today. Because of Jackie's courage and perseverance, people of all colors now participate in America's ...

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Overview

Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play baseball in the modern major leagues. That may not seem like a big deal today — but in 1947 it was a very big deal. Until Jackie stepped up to the plate, African Americans couldn't play on most professional sports teams.

TIME For Kids® Biographies help make a connection between the lives of past heroes and the events of today. Because of Jackie's courage and perseverance, people of all colors now participate in America's favorite pastime. Jackie worked hard and proved to the world that it's your character and talent — not the color of your skin — that really matters.

A biography of the Negro whose distinguished baseball career inspired blacks everywhere and whose "cool" on the playing field helped open the door to other black athletes.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“ … lively journalistic design, excellent photographs drawn from the Time-Life archives, and a polished narrative extended with sidebars.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Two new biographical series … have worthy entries … good, well-illustratred books with lots of photographs;”
Booklist
“ … lively journalistic design, excellent photographs drawn from the Time-Life archives, and a polished narrative extended with sidebars.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Two new biographical series … have worthy entries … good, well-illustratred books with lots of photographs;”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060576004
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2005
  • Series: Time For Kids Biographies Series
  • Edition description: Ages 7-9
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 147,146
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The editors of TIME For Kids® are committed to informing millions of kids about the world and their place in it. As part of a national news organization, they bring expert and age-appropriate reporting and photography from around the globe to books, classroom magazines, and a website.

The editors of TIME For Kids® are frequent visitors to classrooms all over the country. And the TFK Kid Reporters have appeared on The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, CNN, and Fox News.

TFK editors also publish the TIME For Kids® Science Scoops series, giving kids the inside scoop on the world’s most fascinating topics.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Hero on the Field 1
Chapter 2 California, Here I Come! 4
Chapter 3 Jackie Learns to Fight 10
Chapter 4 Baseball Makes Jackie a Star 14
Chapter 5 Strong Inside and Out 22
Chapter 6 Welcome to the Big Leagues 28
Chapter 7 Opening Doors for Others 34
Interview: Talking About Jackie 42
Time Line: Jackie Robinson's Key Dates 44
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First Chapter

Time For Kids: Jackie Robinson
Strong Inside and Out

Chapter One

Hero On the Field

Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field in his new Brooklyn Dodgers baseball uniform. He was nervous. The crowd roared. Cameras flashed. Reporters scribbled on their notepads. It was 1947. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first African American to play baseball for a modern major-league team.

He was big news because he was breaking rules. Back in the 1940s, laws in many states told black people where they could live, work, or even eat. The sports world was also segregated. Baseball players who happened to be African American had to play in a league of their own, separate from white players. Jackie Robinson was about to change all of that. The Brooklyn Dodgers' owner, Branch Rickey, had warned Jackie of what could happen. Some fans would be angry. Ballplayers might try to hurt him. Some teams might refuse to compete against a team with a black man. Jackie would have to hold his head up and play the best ball he ever had.

Many people asked that day, "Can he do it? Can he take the hard times and not fight back?"

Jackie Robinson's answer to the world was yes! When he walked onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, on April 15, 1947, he knew he was ready to handle anything.

Time For Kids: Jackie Robinson
Strong Inside and Out
. Copyright © by Gary Editors of TIME For Kids. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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