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Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Man on third. Two outs. The pitcher eyes the base runner, checks for the sign. The fans in the jammed stadium hold their breath. Flapping his outstretched arms like wings, number 42 leads off again. It is September 1955, game one of the World Series, the Yankees versus the Dodgers, and Jackie Robinson is about to do the unbelievable. Attempt to steal home. In a World Serie ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Ms Threlkeld
The text of this story builds to match the events so that I was turning the pages more quickly as Jackie was running the bases. This could be read to lower elementary students, as long as some background on baseball was provided, or to upper elementary and middle school students because each page has several paragrahs about Robinson and baseball in the 1940's written in smaller font on images of baseball cards. The concept is executed well and will appeal to kids who are interested in sports and ...more
Gracie Guagenti
This book is almost written like poetry. It just has a sentence or two on each page next to a large illustration. Below the main text, however, are little baseball cards containing factual information on Jackie and that time in history. The illustrations are very lifelike. I particularly enjoyed one that focused on the crowd's reaction to Jackie successfully stealing home during a game. Their faces give depth to the story.
Julie Esanu
Robert Burleigh's story about Jackie Robinson's courageous entry into major league baseball falls short of home plate. There are many books that retell the story of how Robinson shattered baseball's color barrier, and few are as stunning artistically as this rendition. Wimmer's rich illustrations focus on Robinson's game-winning run against the New York Yankees in the World Series. Burleigh's storyline that accompanies the illustrations is compelling, but the text boxes that fill in the story of ...more
Beautiful and interesting images fill the pages of this excellent book about Jackie Robinson and the moment he changed baseball (and America) forever. Burleigh hones his descriptive skills with phrases like, "...the packed, white-shirted crowd wakes to a visible electricity," to draw readers in and make them feel as if they were there when Jackie stole home. The concise and descriptive language is accompanied by baseball card-like boxes filled with more information on the incredible historic fig ...more
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous, but the content itself wouldn't be super helpful for a student doing a biography project. Across the tops of the pages are lines from a poem, and on the bottom are informational boxes with stories about Mr. Robinson. It's lovely, but probably more useful as an art book or a poem than informational text.
Everyone seems to write about Jackie Robinson, and this book is another good one. It carries a poetic text with the full page, beautiful illustrations, but in addition, there is a small box on each page with quite a bit of additional information. This book tells very well the inspirational story of a great man.
Bill Prosser
The Jackie Robinson story has been done a lot, and there is nothing really new in this one, but the artwork is wonderful. I like how the story is told two ways, in a loose rhyme at the top and more detailed facts on the back of old time baseball cards. I love the paintings in this book.
This is a great book and is written on two levels - one really simple for small children and then with more details for older readers. I'm a fan of the Dodgers and Jackie Robinson, but I still learned a lot from this book.
Abel Mora
I learned that physicaly fighting back is not the only way. I learned that you have to keep trying.
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Over the past 35 years, I have published poems, reviews, essays, many filmstrips and videos, and more than 40 children's picture books.

Born and raised in Chicago, I graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) and later received an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. I've published books for children since the early 1990s. My books - including numerous unpublished ones! -
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