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Testing the ice : a true story about Jackie Robinson

by Robinson, Sharon, 1950-

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 14 Libraries 14 of 16 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB ROBINSON Sharon
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Brentwood Library New Easy E 92 Robinson
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CLP - Sheraden Children's Picture Books qj FICTION Robinson
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Summary
Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, has crafted a hearwarming, true story about growing up with her father.

When Jackie Robinson retires from baseball and moves his family to Connecticut, the beautiful lake on their property is the center of everyone's fun. The neighborhood children join the Robinson kids for swimming and boating. But oddly, Jackie never goes near the water.
In a dramatic episode that first winter, the children beg to go ice skating on the lake. Jackie says they can go--but only after he tests the ice to make sure it's safe. The children prod and push to get Jackie outside, until hesitantly, he finally goes. Like a blind man with a stick, (contd.)
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Jackie Robinson's bravery extended well beyond the world of baseball, as demonstrated in this heartwarming family story by his daughter, Sharon. At their lakeside home in Stamford, Connecticut, Jackie never joins his children in their aquatic activities. Sharon eventually realizes her father can't swim, but it takes a frozen-over lake and Jackie's brave testing of the ice for Sharon to fully appreciate the courage that defined her father's life. A brief author's note gives details about Jackie's contribution to integration in baseball. Nelson's sumptuous illustrations, with larger-than-life figures and beautiful landscapes filling the double-page spreads, are perfectly suited to the text. The baseball scenes are clearly on par with those in Nelson's highly praised We Are the Ship (2008), and the spreads with the children interacting with Jackie have a Norman Rockwell-like quality. Pair with Teammates, by Peter Golenbock (1990), about Jackie Robinson's bravery on the playing field.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The daughter of the baseball legend recalls the moment when she fully understood the courage it took for her father to break baseball's color barrier. Jackie Robinson never learned to swim and refuses to join his kids in the lake that fronts their Connecticut estate. But when winter comes and everyone wants to go skating, Robinson overcomes his fear to test the ice for his children. "We waited for what seemed like forever," recalls the author (Slam Dunk!), describing how the ice moans and heaves as her father taps it with a broomstick to determine its thickness. "That was Jackie Robinson. And that was my dad. Big, heavy, out there alone on the lake, testing the ice to be sure it would be safe for us." Nelson (Henry's Freedom Box), a Caldecott Honor artist, contributes sumptuous, cinematic paintings that immerse readers in every scene, whether it's an eye-to-eye meeting with Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey or an idyllic summer afternoon at the family home. Readers will close the book understanding that there are many ways to be hero-and Robinson had all the bases covered. Ages 7-10. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Robinson, Jackie, -- 1919-1972 -- Juvenile fiction.
Robinson, Jackie, -- 1919-1972 -- Fiction.
Courage -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Baseball stories.
Courage -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Baseball -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Press,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Nelson, Kadir, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
ISBN 9780545052511 (hardcover)
0545052513 (hardcover)
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