Dad, Jackie, and Me

Dad, Jackie, and Me


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“It was Opening Day, 1947. And every kid in Brooklyn knew this was our year. The Dodgers were going to go all the way!”
It is the summer of 1947 and a highly charged baseball season is underway in New York. Jackie Robinson is the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers—and the first black player in Major League Baseball. A young boy listens eagerly to the Dodgers games on the radio, each day using sign language to tell his deaf father about the games. His father begins to keep a scrapbook, clipping photos and articles about Jackie. Finally one day the father delivers some big news: they are going to Ebbets Field to watch Jackie play!
Author Myron Uhlberg offers a nostalgic look back at 1947, and pays tribute to Jackie Robinson, the legendary athlete and hero. Illustrator Colin Bootman’s realistic, full-color illustrations capture the details of the period and the excitement of an entire city as Robinson and the Dodgers won the long-awaited pennant, and brought an entire New York community together for one magical summer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561455317
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/28/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 306,826
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Myron Uhlberg is the author of several picture books. A retired businessman, he lives in California.

Colin Bootman was born in Trinidad but moved to the United States at the age of seven. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, he has illustrated numerous books for children, including Almost to Freedom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. He lives in New York.

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Dad, Jackie and Me 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are outstading! Children that read this book are exposed to the history of U.S. baseball, and the importance of Jackie Robinson to the sport. Readers will also be exposed to the bond that exists with a young son and his deaf father. An excellent read-aloud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only does this book teach racial tolerance, it teaches students about having a deaf family member. It puts it in a way that children can relate. It also focuses on baseball, so the boys in my class were really interested in the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dad, Jackie, and Me' is a touching story of a young boy learning about the cruelty of discrimination and the pride of those who suffer from prejudice. At first, the boy is surprised when his deaf father takes a sudden interest in baseball and Jackie Robinson in particular. But as the two of them attend games at Ebbets Field and begin a scrapbook of news clippings about Jackie, the boy understands the connection between his deaf father and the first black player in the Major Leagues. Uhlberg has a way of drawing a reader into the story and back in time to experience a little slice of life from 1947. He gives wonderful insight into the perspective of a child growing up with parents who are 'different.'
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is a good one, and, if the afterword is to be believed, true to the author's life. His deaf father feels a personal connection to Jackie Robinson because of discrimination and prejudice, and goes to all the games he can, learns as much about baseball as possible (the afterword explained that his father hadn't learned baseball at the residential school he attended as a child as it was considered a "waste of time" to teach deaf kids to play sports), and when the Dodgers win the World Series, our narrator's father is thrown a ball from his hero, so it's this triumph for him as well. It's a good story.Of course, the afterword is where the meat is. In the story itself, we're told that "The Giants hated Jackie Robinson", but no detail is given. The innocent reader might come away with the impression that the Giants disliked him simply because he was a good ball player! The afterword explains how our author's father told him to look out for all the unfair treatment Robinson would receive from the other team, all the petty bits of discrimination - this isn't mentioned in the book proper. The afterword explains why the author's father was so interested in Jackie Robinson (and why he knew so little about baseball prior to that, up to being unable to catch a ball) and also explains that his father told him about the first deaf man to play in the Major Leagues, well before this time. All of this information could have been integrated into the book, and it would have made the book a better read. I could understand leaving out some information for younger readers, but this book is written on an advanced enough level that I don't think that could apply here. Given how important the context of discrimination and prejudice and differences is for understanding the book, I think it should have been included in the main text.I also am not a fan of the illustrations. Many of them create the appearance of having been posed rather than of real people. For example, in the scene where our author's dad first shows up with a pair of tickets to a game and shows them to his son, their expressions and posture look so forced that I keep wondering if there's supposed to be a hidden camera in the room!There are two minor notes I want to make about language as well. First, the book does mention that Jackie Robinson was the first Negro signed onto the Major Leagues, this shouldn't be a problem. It was the acceptable word back then and is totally appropriate in the context. A construction such as African-American would sound very strange! The second is how the father and son talk. The father's speech (unless he's specifically using his voice) is always referred to as signing - "My father signed this" or "My father signed that". This makes sense, his father uses ASL to communicate and we're told his speech is unclear. But when the son speaks to his father, the verb is "said". This forms the weird picture in my mind that the father is signing but his son is speaking English to him and expecting him to lipread. Given that we see the boy signing in many pictures of him with his dad, this seems unlikely (not to mention inefficient!) These two comments are very minor, and shouldn't cause problems for any reader, but I thought I'd mention them.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A boy and his father, who is deaf, form a special connection over baseball and Jackie Robinson. The boy learns to better understand and accept his father.The book would be useful in talking about parents with disabilities and having something special with a parent.
MartyAllen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A boy and his deaf father bond over the new baseball player, Jackie Robinson. Adults and children both will love this book. The repetition and imagery will appeal to children, allowing them to picture the scenes with ease. The illustrations are rendered in watercolors, giving them an old-fashioned feel appropriate for the setting. They enhance the book¿s message, like the text, focusing on the game while depicting the narrator and his father communicating in sign off to the side. The message is clear, but not overt¿it connects racism in the past to the simple difficulties of living with a disability or with a parent with a disability. For example, the narrator is at first embarrassed by his father, but as they bond over Jackie¿s triumphs, as the player rises so do the boy¿s views of his father. The author¿s note adds to this, telling the story behind the book. This note adds to the story by giving further information in a relatable format, and though it only covers one page, it is an informative and enlightening page. The inside covers of the book contain newspaper clippings of Jackie Robinson, adding depth to an already rich story.
michelleraphael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story about a father and son going to a baseball game where the first black person was playing. It shows the harsh ways blacks were treated also the bond between father and son. By the way, the father is deaf, which adds to the diversity.
teddiemitchell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dad, Jackie, and Me is a touching story about a young boy and his deaf father attending baseball games to watch Jackie Robinson the first baseman for the Dodgers. At first the young boy is embarassed that of his father yelling out Jackie's name, until the father starts wanting to know all about baseball and the little boy tell his dad everything he knows. Then end of the story is so touching.I can relate to this story because I use to play softball until my junior year in high school. When you are out on the field playing you just get so taken in with the game you do not pay attention to the crowd.As a classroom extension I would have the students tell about one of their favorite sports figures and why they like them so much. We might also go outside and play a small game of baseball.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Review: “Dad, Jackie, and Me”, written by Myron Uhlberg, weaves the story of Jackie Robinson with the story of a young boy with a Deaf father. I love the scrapbook pages that are reproduced as part of the inside cover. The story told through the eyes of the young boy reveal his excitement for the game of baseball and the history made by Jackie Robinson. In the telling of the story the boy also reveals a small peek into the life of living with a Deaf father and how that impacts his life. At the end of the book there is an Author’s Note that sheds light on what parts of the story are factual. The illustrations capture the action of the game as well as depicting the time period of the story. A study of the illustrations make you feel like you are involved in the story itself. This would make a good read aloud story for younger children as well as a read on your own for children interested in the life of Black Americans that made an impact in American History. (rev. C.Delorge) Two awards have been given for this book. "Teachers' Choices" An International Rading Association Project and "Schneider Family Book Award." Author Myron Uhlberg is also author of the Printer which is in the ACS library, Flying Over Brooklyn, and Lemuel the Fool. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary review copy of Dad, Jackie, and Me was provided to us by Peachtree Publishers for the purpose of review. All opinions are solely those of the reviewer.
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Alana94 More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out at the library and was brought to tears. What a beautiful story of strength. It teaches us all to be strong when faced with adversity. To focus on doing what is right and to trust that humanity will be there to support you through. I really loved it.