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Who Was Jackie Robinson? (Who Was/Is...?)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  435 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
As a kid, Jackie Robinson loved sports. And why not? He was a natural at football, basketball, and, of course, baseball. But beyond athletic skill, it was his strength of character that secured his place in sports history. In 1947 Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the long-time color barrier in major league baseball. It was tough being first- not only did "fans" ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 23rd 2010 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published December 1st 2010)
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Kazuo SLG3
Apr 26, 2016 Kazuo SLG3 rated it really liked it
He was a first black baseball player. However,he was a shy man. As I see it, most people called legend have both shy aspect and bold one.
Patrick Lopiparo
Jan 27, 2014 Patrick Lopiparo rated it it was amazing
Jackie Robinson is a true inspiration to not only baseball fans but everyone. Being the first African American baseball player was not easy with all the hate everyone gave him. Not only were the fans mean to him his teammates were too. After a while his teammates finally started to see how well of a baseball player he was they started to realize he was a normal person and started standing up for him like they should have because he was there teammate.
I would recommend this book to people who ar
Madison Woodmansee
Nov 11, 2015 Madison Woodmansee rated it really liked it
The book Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman is an autobiography for young children. This autobiography talks about Jackie Robinsons life and the struggles he went through in life. It talks about how he played many sports; basketball, football, and of course baseball. This is perfect for the age of kids reading this book because they are in the age where they should be trying all different types of hobbies to find what they are interested in. The autobiography talks about how Jackie was the ...more
Samantha Boyle
Feb 27, 2015 Samantha Boyle rated it really liked it
Nonfiction Text: Who Was Jackie Robinson?
Copyright date: 2010
Jackie Robinson was the first African American baseball player to play in the major leagues. After being a successful player, he was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. My twin text is Goodnight Baseball because they are both about baseball. Interestingly, they both begin with an illustration of what the person is doing. For example, Who Was Jackie Robinson begins with " Jackie Robinson stepped up to a mic, not home
Sofia Davis
Dec 03, 2014 Sofia Davis rated it it was amazing
This biography on Jackie Robinson was written wonderfully by Gail Herman. It tells about how Jackie grew up always being athletic in all sports but especially in baseball. Herman writes in this book about how Jackie grew up to be an influential baseball player in history by ending the color barrier in sports and finally integrating sports. It describes how Jackie struggled at first with hate from fans and even his own team members who refused to accept him as a player. This is a very inspiring s ...more
Jordyn Styskal
Who Was Jackie Robinson by Gail Herman
1. Satch & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman, 2006

2. I selected the fiction book, Satch & Me, because it relates to baseball. This is a great twin-text to see a different vantage point of another Aftican American baseball player. Students can identify the challenges adults and children were faced with in both stories.

3. Nonfiction Text structure: description, this book is very factual and provides a variety of information through short para
Tomoya Sugiyama
May 19, 2014 Tomoya Sugiyama rated it really liked it
Groseet & Dunlap, Who Was...? series, RL 3.4

5/13=20min. 5/16=80min.

Jackie Robinson, first, black, baseball, player, 42,legend

"He wanted to be home for dinner."
I liked this sentence, because almost all people cannot make this decision. Many people want to spend their own life with their family or other important people more than spending time for works. However they would choose keeping works, because they have to get salary, and they don't have brave to make a decision, so I think this sent
Alex D
Sep 27, 2016 Alex D rated it really liked it
The book I chose to read is Who Was Jackie Robinson by Gail Herman. This book is a biography about the life of the famous baseball player and civil rights leader Jackie Robinson. The book explained Jackie's childhood and his struggles growing up as an African-American during the time of discrimination. It also tells Jackie's success as the first negro player in the major leagues. The book also touches on after baseball and his contributions to society for example the Jackie Robinson Foundation. ...more
Cole Hoffman
Nov 19, 2014 Cole Hoffman rated it really liked it
"Who was Jackie Robinson?" describes Robinson perfectly. The book starts off by telling the reader that Robinson was a great athlete. He ran track, played basketball, football, and baseball. He went to UCLA but before he started his professional career, he was called to duty in the army. Robinson then joined the negro leagues and from there was the first African-American player called up to play in the MLB. He was sent death threats from not only fans, but also players and even teammates. It is ...more
Ashley Kerns
Apr 27, 2014 Ashley Kerns rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Baseball Fans/Children
Recommended to Ashley by: Myself
This book is a biography about Jackie Robinson's life and his accomplishments. I would consider this book and easier read. The grades that I would use this book for are first grade through fifth grade. This is a great book to teach children about baseball, who Jackie Robinson his, and why he is so important to our history. I would use this book in my classroom. This book would be good for students who are doing research projects on famous people. It doesn't contain too many facts, but just enoug ...more
Alexandria Stephens
Jackie Robinson is noted for his incredible achievements in baseball. Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia but later moved to California. Many people don't know that Jackie Robinson played sports other than baseball when in college. Jackie Robinson was a talented athlete who overcame adversity to become the first African American to play in the major leagues. Playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers was an extraordinary achievement that had not been accomplished by a black man prior to Jackie Robinson. T ...more
Casey Phillips
Apr 14, 2016 Casey Phillips rated it it was amazing
With Day 42 coming up in baseball tomorrow, the boys and I are reading this again.

It is a great book about Jackie and his whole life. It explains the struggles and the racism he endured, understandable for elementary students without sugar-coating it. There is a timeline at the end of the book that parallels his life with other historical events at the time.

It really is inspiring and has some pictures for my more visual child. I even learned the first time we read it that Jackie's older brother,
Alex Wulfekuhle
Mar 28, 2016 Alex Wulfekuhle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
This is an amazing book! It is a autobiography of Jackie Robinson's life and the problems that he had faced throughout his career. It is a great book for students who love baseball or look up to him as a role model! I think it is very important to let students choose the books they read because it gets them excited about reading. This book I would consider as an easy-read too! I love it. I think it helps understand to young readers that in order to succeed and be successful you are going to go t ...more
Calvin  Kwon
Jun 29, 2014 Calvin Kwon rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's my mom's name AND it taught me a lot of things. Jackie Robinson wanted to make white people allow the black people to do the things that they do, to be equal. Jackie Robinson scored more than 600 home runs and he was very good at baseball. He was the first rookie that a black player to play in a major league team. When he first started the team Mr. Rickey said "you need to be brave enough to not fight" because when the new people come into the team, they won't feel good a ...more
Fuka Hatayama
Jan 07, 2015 Fuka Hatayama rated it liked it
2. 1/7 100min

3. baseball, black, Negro Leagues, army, major leagues, bunt, civil rights

3. One coach called him ” the best baseball player in the United States.” Jackie excelled in college football, too. ” He is probably the greatest ball carrier on the gridiron today,” wrote one newspaper.
I didn't know that he was good at not only play baseball but also play basketball and football.

4. I was impressed by his effort. There was discrimination for him, but he tried hard. He changed baseball field.I
Feb 28, 2013 Wade rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Jackie was born in Georgia and grew up in California. He loved to play ball from the time he was a kid, and was a star in many different sports. He wanted to compete in the 1940 Olympics but they were cancelled because of World War II, his brother Mack had won a silver medal at the 1936 Olympics right behind Jesse Owens in the 200m dash.

In the 1940's (and before) “Many people thought black athletes didn't have the talent, drive, or smarts” to play baseball in the National or American league. Ja
Brittany Cullen
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not much into baseball history or the major players but it was really cool to read all about his life and journey. He went through many hard times and is still known as one of the best players of baseball. During his time it was rare for races to mix together but it was neat how he fought through it al. And it was neat it had his family background in it as well. This would be great as an easy to read biography book especially if you enjoy baseball.
Abby Huhe
Sep 19, 2016 Abby Huhe added it
Shelves: biographies
This was a biography about Jackie Robinson. It starts out going through all of Jackie's accomplishments in life and states why he is so important to American history. It then flashes back and tells of his childhood and how he moved to a neighborhood where he was unwelcome. The book goes through his life events talking about how amazing he was in all sports. It talked about him being an all around athlete. It spoke of the events leading to his success.
May 23, 2016 Jakob rated it it was amazing
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Jun 01, 2014 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this, I'm determined to read a longer work about #42. It grosses me out how recently baseball was separated into the Major Leagues and the Negro League. The most shocking fact in this book? Men in the Negro League sometimes had to sleep in the stadium because surrounding hotels were white only. Yeesh.

The author did a nice job explaining segregation in a way that kids can understand and laying out the facts of Robinson's career in a compelling way. I also appreciated the little sect
Lauren Sharp
Bio 4
This bio covers the life of baseball player. He was the first African American to be apart of the Major Leagues. His upcoming was rough and he had to deal with a lot of adversity on and off the field. The book covers how he got his start and how he paved the way for other African American athletes. Jackie Robinson day is on April 15th and the number 42 will forever be retired.
Matthew M
Feb 08, 2013 Matthew M rated it it was amazing
Genre: Biography
Brief summary: Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31 1919. Jackie Robinson was a person that always stood up for others and himself. He was an amazing athlete in high school and was really good at football and basketball. He left to go into the army and then in the army he met a guy that played in the Negro leauge for baseball because they weren't allowed in the MLB. So he started playing baseball and he was amazing. The Dodgers talked to him and wanted him on
Esteban Caropresi
Jan 13, 2016 Esteban Caropresi rated it it was amazing
He was the first black American to play baseball. He was called names and made fun of. He didn't have it easy at all. People were raciest to him and I don't like that. He wanted to give up but he didn't. His wife supported him a lot. He was the greatest baseball player to live in my opinion.
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
Lots I did not know here about Jackie Robinson, like the fact that his brother was in the 1936 Olympics and his many firsts after baseball. This was both informative and engaging for my 8 year old. Great combo fiction book would be Jackie Robinson and the Year of the Boar.
Jenna R
Nov 25, 2014 Jenna R rated it really liked it
It was good. Jackie has three kids. It was interesting. Jackies son got in a car accident and passed away. He's other two kids a son and a daughter admire there dad. He was one of the first dark colored baseball player. I he passed away in he's 40's. He had two brothers
May 13, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it
BIG mistake on page 95: ". . . doctors told Jackie he had diabetes, a kidney disease. . . ."

Uh, diabetes is NOT a kidney disease, hello? It's a pancreatic disease that causes high blood sugar. May affect kidneys later (along with other organs) if not treated.
max  roush
This book is a great book. It shows you to always stand up for yourself and always keep trying. Jackie Robinson won't just be known for baseball but changing the world. Jackie was a great baseball player, and leader.
Aug 15, 2014 Caleb rated it really liked it
I liked it. He stole so fast. And he was a really good baseball player, but he was black and he grew up in the south so he had to go to black schools and stuff.
Jan 26, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
This was a great book for kids to learn about the life & contribution of Jackie Robinson. I'm interested in others in the "Who Was..." series.
Jul 02, 2016 Diana rated it really liked it
This is a children's book, I enjoyed reading an amazing biography of an amazing baseball player and man.
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