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Jackie Robinson: American Hero
     

Jackie Robinson: American Hero

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by Sharon Robinson
 

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Just in time for the major motion picture release, discover everything you wanted to know about Jackie Robinson!

To tie- in with the April 2013 release of the movie 42, the life story of Jackie Robinson, this full-color comprehensive biography will feature everything there is to know about this inspiring American hero. The movie, featuring high-profile actors

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Just in time for the major motion picture release, discover everything you wanted to know about Jackie Robinson!

To tie- in with the April 2013 release of the movie 42, the life story of Jackie Robinson, this full-color comprehensive biography will feature everything there is to know about this inspiring American hero. The movie, featuring high-profile actors such as Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, and T.R. Knight, explores Robinson's history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. The biography will explore what led up to Robinson's signing and what happened after. As the first black man to play major league baseball, his progress monumentally influenced the desegregation of baseball. Because of this, Robinson became an icon for not only the sport of baseball, but also for the civil -rights movement. Featuring photos throughout, this biography will be a sports tale and a history lesson. It will coincide with the movie and also provide many more Robinson details, introducing him to a new generation of readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Written by Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon, this level reader is a biography of the famous baseball player. Explained in a table of contents, the book is divded into chapters that chronologically follow Jackie's life. An introduction provides a brief recap of a famous moment from the 1955 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees, where Jackie stole home during a game. Independent readers will acquire a lot of information about this important historical figure, including his family and upbringing, his many athletic interests (growing up he played football, soccer, baseball, and competed in track and field events), his time in the military, his marriage and children, and of course, his baseball career. While there is a lot to learn about Jackie from this biography, the writing is inconsistent and sometimes confusing. Elementary-aged readers may struggle through the text; discussion and further reading are recommended. Words in bold are defined in a back glossary, but this feature would have benefitted by including more words (e.g., spring training and morale officer). An author Q&A is included at the back. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
Kirkus Reviews
The author of Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America (2004) tells her father's tale again, for younger readers. Though using a less personal tone this time and referring to herself in the third person, Robinson still devotes as much attention to his family life, youth and post-baseball career as she does to his achievements on the field. Writing in short sentences and simple language, she presents a clear picture of the era's racial attitudes and the pressures he faced both in the military service and in baseball--offering plenty of clear reasons to regard him not just as a champion athlete, but as a hero too. An early remark about how he ran with "a bunch of black, Japanese, and Mexican boys" while growing up in Pasadena is insensitively phrased, and a sweeping claim that by 1949 "[t]he racial tension was broken" in baseball is simplistic. Nevertheless, by and large her account covers the bases adequately. The many photos include an admixture of family snapshots, and a closing Q-and-A allows the author to announce the imminent release of a new feature film about Robinson. It's an often-told story, but the author is still in a position to give it a unique perspective. (Biography. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545540063
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
638,572
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
NC840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction. She has also written several widely praised nonfiction books about her father, including JACKIE'S NINE: BECOMING YOUR BEST SELF and PROMISES TO KEEP: HOW JACKIE ROBINSON CHANGED AMERICA.

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Jackie Robinson: American Hero 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His story is inspiring. He was a true american hero.