A PICTURE BOOK OF JACKIE ROBINSON by David A. Adler

A PICTURE BOOK OF JACKIE ROBINSON

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Adler's (A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1991, etc.; Hilde and Eli, above) latest Picture Book Biography tells how a courageous man and outstanding athlete desegregated major league baseball. Jackie Robinson was born in 1919, the fifth child of sharecroppers in Georgia. When his father left to find better paying work and never returned, Robinson and his family moved to California. He became a star athlete in high school and later at UCLA. He played professional football in Hawaii before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was then drafted into the army. Although discriminated against because of his race, Robinson managed to become an officer, and was court-martialed for refusing to sit at the back of a supposedly desegregated bus (he was acquitted). After being released from the army, Robinson was playing with an all-black professional baseball team when scouts for the Brooklyn Dodgers spotted him. In 1947, Robinson began playing for the Dodgers. It was a difficult beginning for him, but in the end he was voted Rookie of the Year. He played for eight more years before retiring. Robinson died in 1972 at the age of 53. Easily read and educational. A fine addition to this notable series.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1994
ISBN: 0823411222
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Holiday House