Saturday, February 26, 2011

Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie RobinsonTesting the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More Kadir Nelson fangirl gushing here.

Lovely paintings. Like the one where all the kids are sitting around listening to Jackie Robinson talk about his early days in the Major Leagues. There's one little boy with glasses and big ears that stick out. He just makes me laugh. A funny character.

And then the painting where he is coming back from testing the ice for all of the neighborhood kids. The text says "All I could think was: My Dad is the bravest man alive."

How wonderful that due to talented athletes like Jackie Robinson, and civil rights workers like MLK, that kids know are more likely to think their dads are amazing because they test the frozen ice on the lake than because they broke racial barriers in major league sports.

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