"Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson"
By Sharon Robinson, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Scholastic, $16.99, ages 6-8
This is the story you don't know, one that happened after Jackie Robinson moved his family out to Connecticut. The best thing about this book is that Sharon Robinson and Kadir Nelson can retell the story you do know - of Jackie Robinson's color-barrier-breaking entry into Major League Baseball - as a way of helping you to understand the story that his daughter tells. Nelson's illustrations are intensely dramatic, all the more so because the story starts being told within the green-surrounded, blue-skied world of the Connecticut house, before flashing back to the earlier years a symphony in mahogany, whether in portraits of the Negro League players or of the rich colors of leather equipment or of the darkness of the stands. Nelson's Robinson ripples in action across the double-paged spreads. His courage appears before us in pictures and words. The story will be moving to parents and to children.
"Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson" by Sharon Robinson
This story will be moving to both parents and children
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