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I am Jackie Robinson (Ordinary People Change the World)

by Brad Meltzer

Other authors: Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator)

Series: Ordinary People Change World

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Jackie Robinson loved playing sports with his diverse set of friends. He found himself winning just about every sport against his friends. When he was older, he went to UCLA.
At UCLA, Jackie played baseball, football, basketball, and track. Two seasons in a row he scored the most points in the basketball league. Jackie always excel at sports; he had a special talent.
When it came to professional sports he could NOT be on the team because you had to be white. He lived in a "whites only world", unfortunately. The public pool by his house was for "whites only" as well.
Jackie was the best (or close to it), but he could not be on the best team. He did not give up though! Branch Rickey invited Jackie Robinson on to the Brooklyn Dodgers major league team. Jackie became the FIRST African American to be on a major league team. This inspired everyone else to open their team up to people of all diverse backgrounds.

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on others lives." - Jackie Robinson.

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This book includes a timeline of Jackie's life with photographs as well. ( )
  Cmollere2012 | Nov 11, 2017 |
This short version of Jackie Robinson's biography is entertaining and inspirational. It starts out with Jack Roosevelt Robinson, named after Teddy Roosevelt, youngest of 5. At the age of 10 his family was the only black family on the block. He tells the story of one of his first possibly racist encounters with a little girl who lived close to him. She called him a name and he called her one back and her father and Jackie threw rocks at each other until the girl's mother came to break it up. Later on, his mother helped feed that man's family. Jackie loved all sports and when he attended UCLA, he was the 1st student to letter in 4 sports in the same season. Jackie joined the Army and wanted to play baseball, but black men were not allowed on the white men's teams. However on the April 18th, 1946, at 27 years old, Jackie got to play his first official game for the Montreal Warriors. Jackie ended up hitting a home run. While it many people still were not kind to him, he kept playing. The book ends with Jackie saying that it's okay to be afraid, but not to let it stop you.

Reaction: This was a very interesting book. This book is an easier read for younger children and it gives insight to what the social mindset was like in that time.

Extension: A way to extend this to the classroom is to include it in lessons during Black History Month perhaps a long with other biographies. ( )
  jg193622 | Nov 5, 2017 |
The main idea of this story is to provide an overlook of Jackie Robinson's life from his point of view. The story describes how brave Jackie was as he grew up in segregation. His life was far from easy but his family made the best out of their situation. Jackie explains that sports were the one thing that made him happy and how he could play with children of all races. The story went through Jackie's experience in attempting to play baseball in the major league and all the hardships he went through. ( )
  kathleenroper | Oct 23, 2017 |
I am Jackie Robinson is a biography picture book geared towards younger children. The cover of the book shows a boy playing baseball but there is so much more in the book. The story explains that Jackie Robinson was the only black child in his white neighborhood during a time when white people would call black people bad names. When Jackie was 8 he was attacked by an adult who threw rocks at him because he stood up for him self against his white daughter. Even though these types of things brought him down, he still found enjoyment in sports, but especially baseball. The issue with race followed him all the way through his baseball career but he still persevered and made it on a real team where he proved that black people can play just as well as white. The theme of this book is too stay strong and keep pushing through. I liked this book for children because it sent a very clear message beyond baseball. I also enjoyed that the information was interesting and would keep a reader needing to know what happens next. That is not always the case with biographies so I though the author did a great job. The illustrations were also vibrant and could tell story with out there being words. Because of the message being a strong and important one, I feel this book can be enjoyed by readers up to fourth grade, ( )
  AshleyBarron | Apr 18, 2017 |
In the story, I am Jackie Robinson, Jackie Robinson is a young African American boy who loves to play baseball. He lived in a time when African Americans were not allowed to do the same things that people who were white could do. Jackie Robinson is a character that is diligent and never gives up on his dreams. Because of the color of his skin, Jackie was not allowed to be on many sports teams, even though he was a great athlete. Jackie never gave up on his dream and was the first African American to play in Major League baseball. Jackie had to work harder than any other athlete in the Major League because he knew his chances of playing were harder. Jackie changed professional sports and led to equality within them. ( )
  arianacassiere | Mar 16, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803740867, Hardcover)

This New York Times Bestselling 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:14 -0400)

"Jackie Robinson always loved sports, especially baseball. He could run, leap, and throw better than any other kid around. But he lived at a time 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 baseball player on a major-league team, and his bravery helped lead the way to equality in all sports in America." --Dust jacket.… (more)

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