Testing The Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson
by Sharon Robinson
illustrated by Kadir Nelson
NY: Scholastic Press, 2009
ages 5 - 10
Not only does Ms. Robinson share a childhood memory, but she effectively builds a metaphor for breaking the color barrier. As she said in an interview on National Public Radio, "[This story] so perfectly defines Jackie Robinson the athlete, Jackie Robinson the husband, the father, the loving, the courageous, the caring," she says. "I wanted children to understand the totality of this man and how consistent he was in both his public persona and his personal one."
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This books is available online at Amazon. If you make a purchase by clicking through to Amazon, Great Kid Books receives a small percentage, which will be used to buy more books to review. If you have an older child (ages 9 & up) who's a baseball fan, you should also check out We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League, by Kadir Nelson. It won last year's Coretta Scott King author Award, and the Siebert Award for Informational Book. It's available in hardback for only $7.60, an amazing price for a spectacular book.