I Am Jackie Robinson

I Am Jackie Robinson

Book - 2015
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This New York Times aBestselling picture book biography series by Brad Meltzer has an inspiring message- We can all be heroes. Jackie Robinson always loved sports, especially baseball. But he lived at a time before the Civil Rights Movement, when the rules weren't fair to African Americans. Even though Jackie was a great athlete, he wasn't allowed on the best teams just because of the color of his skin. Jackie knew that sports were best when everyone, of every color, played together. He became the first black player in Major League Baseball, and his bravery changed African-American history and led the way to equality in all sports in America. This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, providing them with the right role models, supplemementing Common Core learning in the classroom, and best of all, inspiring them to strive and dream.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780803740860
Branch Call Number: J 796.357 Robin-M
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations.
Additional Contributors: Eliopoulos, Chris


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Sep 21, 2015

I have no idea how historically accurate this book is, but it's good entertainment and makes some excellent points about racism, hard work, and fairness. The lessons it's trying to teach are very explicit, no reading between the lines here. But it works because it's a short book and the serious statements are interspersed with humor. The jokes are part of what made my seven year old ask for repeat reads. And trust me, he was getting the anti-discrimination point of the story too. (We may be raising a rabble-rouser.) Robinson's life and baseball are so intertwined, and it's great for little sports fans to learn about how much some folks had to fight through just for a chance to play.

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