Jackie's Bat

2:09 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Jackie's Bat

Author: Marybeth Lorbiecki
Illustrator: Brian Pinkney
Pubisher: Simon & Schuster, 2006
Reading Level: Ages 4-8

This book is a fictionalized story, told by a Brooklyn Dodgers batboy, about 1947: Jackie Robinson's first season. Nonfiction facts about Jackie's first season are weaved in and I think it tells a great tale of what life was like for Robinson. What's a young man to do when he hears his Pop say, "It ain't right, a white boy serving a black man?" Because of that, the bat boy doesn't treat Jackie the same as the other players, but he learns valuable lessons about kindness and respect as he watches Robinson play the game. This is a good book for kids that are interested in sports and will also teach kids about prejudice and American history.

This is a good book to be paired up with...

Jackie Robinson: Hero of Baseball (Heroes of American History) by Carin T. Ford (Author); Enslow Elementary, Jan. 2006

Ages 4-8

This biography on Jackie Robinson covers his short stint in the army to his baseball years. The text is simple, but offers an account of the milestones and legendary accomplishments from Robinson's life.
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