Jackie Robinson is in the center of the public eye again with the new movie “42” in 2013 and the 2016 two-part, four-hour film about his life directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon. It will be great for a new generation to find out about his courage. Jackie Robinson exhibited the same kind of bravery and drive throughout his life in different arenas.
Testing the Ice is a warm, wonderful story by Jackie’s daughter Sharon, illustrated with the amazing oils of Kadir Nelson. As Sharon tells the story of how her dad braved the ice one winter so she and other kids could go ice skating, you feel as if you are sitting around the living room hearing it live. And it will bring (happy) tears to your eyes!
There are so many wonderful stories about Jackie Robinson, like this one I shared in a previous post. He was quite a guy, both on and off the field. An author’s note provides additional background on his life.
Evaluation: This book makes a great start for both kids and adults to get an intimate glimpse of the real Jackie Robinson, and what his life was like outside of baseball at home with his family. And what better way to do so than with the breathtaking pictures of Kadir Nelson, who adds so immeasurably to any story he illustrates. Highly recommended for all ages! [Jim, who refuses to read any children’s book unless Kadir Nelson is involved, not only loved this one, but also had (happy) tears in his eyes at the end!]
Published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2009