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I am Jackie Robinson / Brad Meltzer ; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.

By: Meltzer, Brad [author.].
Contributor(s): Eliopoulos, Chris [illustrator.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: Ordinary people change the world: Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 21 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780803740860; 0803740867.Subject(s): Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972 -- Juvenile literature | Baseball players -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | African American baseball players -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Discrimination in sports -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature | Baseball -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature | Picture books | Baseball players -- United States -- Biography | African American baseball players -- Biography | Baseball -- United States -- History | Picture books | Discrimination in sports -- History | African American baseball players -- Biography | African Americans -- Biography | Baseball players -- United States -- Biography | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball | United StatesGenre/Form: Biographies. | Juvenile works.DDC classification: 796.35 | B Summary: Presents an illustrated biography of the man who broke baseball's color barrier and changed the way Americans viewed equality in sports.Summary: "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."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (page 40).

Presents an illustrated biography of the man who broke baseball's color barrier and changed the way Americans viewed equality in sports.

"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."--Jacket.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This title highlighting events from baseball star Jackie Robinson's life is a preachy, moralistic account of courage. Its sentimentality and sugary-sweetness are a throwback to motivational tales of a century ago. Meltzer is highly selective in his presentation. Facts, including names, dates, and places, are few and far between, and the theme of bravery overrides all else. Meltzer assumes readers have a basic knowledge of baseball, and many terms are not defined. Eliopoulos's cartoonish illustrations are corny and, as Jackie is always shown as a small child (a characteristic of this series), border on disrespectful. This book isn't complete or thorough enough for use as a biography, and the perky tone will likely cause eye-rolling among readers and listeners. There are many other more informative, better written books on Robinson that also emphasize the themes of courage and racial equality, such as Cathy Goldberg Fishman's When Jackie and Hank Met (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), a picture book that parallels the lives of Robinson and Jewish baseball star Hank Greenberg, and April Jones Prince's easy reader Jackie Robinson: He Led the Way (Penguin, 2007).-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Brad Meltzer was born on April 1, 1970 and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. His first published title was called The Tenth Justice. His other works include Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Book of Fate, The Zero Game, The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin. He is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America. He also wrote the non-fiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter. He has written speeches for former President Clinton's National Service Program and played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's film, Celebrity. In 2013, his title History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time. <p> In 2014 his titles, I Am Abraham Lincoln, I Am Amelia Earhart and I am Rosa Parks made The New York Times Best Seller List. <p> In 2016, Meltzer's title's The House of Secrets, I Am George Washington, and I Am Jane Goodall made the New York Times Bestseller list. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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