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  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822590301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822590309
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 25.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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About the Author

A versatile author of over 50 books for children--including the bestselling How Santa Got His Job--Stephen Krensky writes everything from picture books to novels, fantasy to realism, fiction to nonfiction. “Being able to try so many different kinds of books has helped me stay enthusiastic about every book I write,” he explains. 

Krensky lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his family.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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HASH(0xa2b1a048) out of 5 stars This is an exciting story of Jackie Robinson, a man who really could take the heat! Feb. 21 2011
By Deb - Published on
Format: School & Library Binding
Jackie Robinson quietly finished suiting up as the crowds filled Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. It was opening day, April 15, 1947, and change had come to major league baseball. It was the first time a black man would step up to the plate and "for a lot of people that was a problem." Manny Romano was a big time Dodgers fan and hoped the team would make it to the World Series. His Dad had gotten some free tickets because "One of the guys at work refused to go." It was going to be one hot game and would get hotter once Jackie stepped on the field. Manny had read about how tough it was for black people and how they "couldn't eat in certain restaurants." Times were changing, but some people wouldn't. Manny turned to his Dad and asked, "Should Jackie Robinson be here?"

Jackie's road would not be easy, but after talking about Manny's Italian grandfather his Dad simply said, "Everyone deserved a chance for a better life--his grandfather and Jackie Robinson too." Jackie stepped up to the plate to face the Braves' pitcher, Johnny Sain, only to ground out to third and listen to the wrath of the angry crowd. "You're an old man, Robinson," cried a voice from a sea of angry faces. Manny had heard that some people were wearing buttons that said, "I'm for Jackie," but this crowd didn't seem to be. His second time up at bat, he popped up to left field. No go. "You stink, Robinson! Go back where you belong." Was he going to be able to show his stuff or would his nerves get the better of him? It was the bottom of the seventh and Jackie's face was set in determination as he stepped up to the plate ...

This is an exciting story of Jackie Robinson, a man who really could take the heat. This book not only focuses on Jackie's first day with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but also on the difficulties the average African American had to face during that era. The reader will learn about racism and discrimination in the era through things Manny says he has read or through shared dialogue between father and son. There is a brief, but telling scene during the seventh-inning stretch when several boys discuss the "I'm for Jackie" button with a young African American boy is sporting one. The artwork is bold, nostalgic and meshes quite well with the story. There are many stories about Jackie for the young audience, but this one is particularly impressive. There is one page with three photographs of Jackie, including his childhood family portrait. In the back of the book is an author's note with additional biographical information, and additional recommended book and website resources.
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HASH(0xa2b1a114) out of 5 stars Taking a chance on Jackie Dec 19 2011
By Debnance at Readerbuzz - Published on
Format: School & Library Binding
Matty's father gets free tickets to the baseball game. It's the first game of the Dodgers' new first baseman, Jackie Robinson. Many white people don't want to see a black man play on the team. Matty remembered how his grandfather had told him that everyone deserves a chance. Matty decides to give Jackie a chance, too.

"'What do you think, Dad?' Matty asked. `Should Jackie Robinson be here?'

`I want to see the best players out there,' said his father. `I don't care what color they are. Remember, your grandfather came to America from Italy. Lots of people didn't give him a chance, either. He looked strange to them. His clothes were shabby, and he spoke English with an accent. He had to work long and hard for everything he got.'"
HASH(0xa2b1a54c) out of 5 stars Great book for baseball fans of all ages. Feb. 26 2011
By Lori Katz - Published on
Format: School & Library Binding
One of the first illustrations in this fabulous book is of Jackie Robinson sitting in the locker room tying his shoes. We can only imagine what was going on in his head that day. As the story unfolds we learn that Matty's dad got two tickets to the 1947 Dodger opening game from a co-worker who doesn't want to attend the game. The co-worker does not want to see a black man play baseball. The dad takes Matty out of school early and they see history being made. The dad quietly explains why Jackie is having a hard time as a black man in baseball but there is hope in his words. We also see the baseball game going on, the fan's reactions in the stands and the history of black people in baseball.

The illustrations are lustrous and Jackie seems larger than life perhaps giving us a clue as to the enormity of this first of many days in the big leagues. While the illustrations totally grab you in the story flows smoothly from history to converstation to baseball. Included at the end are some real photos of Jackie, an author's note well worth reading, and suggestions for further reading. This is a wonderful book for baseball fans of all ages and belongs in everyone's library. Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Lerner Publishing Group via Netgalley and will be available March 1, 2011.
HASH(0xa2b1a90c) out of 5 stars Baseball and Prejudice July 26 2011
By Heidi Grange - Published on
Format: School & Library Binding
Krensky does a good job of placing the reader in the stands during the first major league game that Jackie Robinson played in. I liked the point-of-view being that of a young boy enjoying a baseball game, who doesn't understand why so many people are throwing things and saying ugly, awful things. The book would be excellent for discussing discrimination and unkindness, which, unfortunately, are still very much with us.

The illustrations do a good job showing the action and the emotion of the players. I did find the blue tint of the illustrations a little off-putting, but now that I think about it, I can see why the illustrator chose to do that. It could symbolize the cold reception that Jackie got from other players and fans alike, another good discussion point. Recommended.