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Teammates by Peter Golenbock


by Peter Golenbock

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I liked this book for two main reasons. The first reason was that there were real images included of the people pertaining to the story, like Jackie Robinson and Branch Ricky. I think that it is very interesting and attention capturing for the readers. It makes the story more realistic, because readers are able to visualize the real people that it is about. I also liked that this story addresses the topic of segregation in sports in a way that would make sense to children. I enjoyed the direct quote that was included from the real Peewee Reese which read, " I don't care if this man is black, blue, or striped. He can play and help us win. That's what counts." This quote sends a powerful message from a direct source during this time period. The big message in this book is that it is important to stick up for what is right, no matter how much you may be criticized for it. ( )
  maddieburchell | Feb 20, 2016 |
his is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League baseball team when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate. Illustrated with a blend of historic photographs and eloquent watercolors by Paul Bacon.
  Robinjhud | Jul 14, 2015 |
This incredible true story tells the friendship of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. A great book to teach not only history, but friendship and courage.
  emaloney5 | Jun 9, 2015 |
Teammates is a book about baseball back in the 1940's. Back then they had different leagues for races, until one day Branch Rickey decided to have a black man join the major league (white) team. Rickey knew that Jackie Robinson was the guy for the job and that he could handle everything that would come with it. It wasn't easy for Jackie and everyday he faced hardships, even his own team wanted him gone. Except for one man, Pee Wee Reese said that Jackie deserved to be there just as much as any of them did and that he can help them win and that is what mattered most. When they went to Ohio to play a game there was a bunch of screaming fans saying terrible things about Jackie. At that moment, Pee Wee took a stand and walked to Jackie at first base, put his arm around him and said I am standing by him, this man is my teammate.

Personal Reaction:
I really enjoyed this book myself. It was very heartwarming and good to hear that some people will stand up for what is right no matter what. Kids will really enjoy the book and be learning about important people from the past in baseball history.

Classroom Extensions:
1.) Have your students pair up with a teammate and discuss differences and similarities between each other.
2.) You could play a game of baseball with the whole entire class.
  KristenLaSorsa | Apr 15, 2015 |
Summary: This book summed up how Jackie Robinson became the first black major league baseball player. It talked of the discriminations and hardships he faced when he only wanted to be part of the Dodgers. Pee Wee Reese, his white teammate, stood up against the world with Jackie to fight for his equality.

Personal Reaction: Baseball is my favorite sport, so I loved this book, and I love true stories. It was an easy read, so children could really understand how the world used to be.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) Play a game of baseball at recess.
2) Pair students up and let them write biographies about each other and let them find out any similarities or differences with each other. ( )
  SarahMoore | Apr 14, 2015 |
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[Starred Review] ... [This book is a] graceful, lucid account of the pivotal events that began with Branch Rickey's decision to hire Jackie Robinson as the first Negro League star of a major league team. Golenbock is candid about... the ugly reception Robinson had from both the public and his new team, until--in the book's moving climax--Pee Wee Reese made a public move to stand by Robinson. Bacon's skillful, realistic illustrations, used in combination with occasional well-chosen photos, are as eloquent as the simple text.
added by CourtyardSchool | editKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 1990)
Set in 1947, Teammates concerns a little-known episode about Brooklyn Dodgers' second baseman Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball. When Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese, incensed by the abuse coming from a Cincinnati crowd, determined to "take a stand," he put an arm around his teammate's shoulder; this simple gesture symbolized the end of the "color line'' in major league baseball--and the beginning of a great friendship. ... Golenbock's bold and lucid style distills this difficult issue, and brings a dramatic tale vividly to life. Bacon's spare, nostalgic watercolors, in addition to providing fond glimpses of baseball lore, present a haunting portrait of one man's isolation. Historic photographs of the major characters add interest and a touch of stark reality to an unusual story, beautifully rendered.
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This is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a major league baseball team and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, PeeWee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate.

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Describes the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first black player in Major League baseball and depicts the acceptance and support he received from his white teammate Pee Wee Reese.

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