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Testing the Ice by Sharon Robinson
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Jan 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: baseball, 5012, children-non-fiction, historical, memoir, prejudice, pride, monarch-2012
Read in January, 2011

If I could give this book a billion stars, I would. Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson is a story told from a childhood memory, that speaks volumes. What child would not be proud of a father who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball? Yet, he is also the father that braved walking across the frozen ice to test its strength, knowing that he couldn't swim. For his children, he would do the unthinkable...for a nation of baseball fans, he was the first of a long line of fine athletes, just men, and devoted fathers who played the game with dignity and pride.

Just as Sharon Robinson's tale is full of wonder, the illustrations by Kadir Nelson are extraordinary, evocative, and gorgeous. What a gift he has! This baseball memoir is a treasure which takes us back to a time in history where civil rights were not equal, let alone discussed.
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