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When Jackie and Hank Met

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Jackie and Hank were born eight years and one thousand miles apart. Nobody knew these babies would grow up and play baseball. Nobody knew Jackie and Hank would meet and become heroes. Jackie Robinson and Hank Greenberg were two very different people. But they both became Major League Baseball players, and they both faced a lot of the same challenges in their lives and care ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2012 by Marshall Cavendish Children
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Monique
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jackie Robinson was a remarkable athlete and I've year about him my entire life. While I haven't been exposed to the life of Hank Greenberg as much. Their stories are parallel with racial discrimination and a drive to compete to become the best they could be. This story is written at a 6-8 year old level and deals with the issues accordingly. The illustrations are amazing. The dynamics of the story left this 40+ year old in awe while the children I read the story to asked tons of questions (whic ...more
Rebecca Burkhardt
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nonfiction/Twin Text Entry #1

I paired When Jackie and Hank Met with Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman. I picked this book to be a fiction twin text because this book is not completely truthful, yet there are a lot of facts in the book when Joe, the main character, travels back in time to the 1940's with Jackie Robinson. Also in my nonfiction book in mentioned the racism that both Jackie and Hank faced and in Jackie and Me, the main character is bullied at the beginning because of his Polish heritage.
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Linda
I've read other books about Jackie Robinson. What a courageous man he was, and what awesome things he did, personal baseball achievements plus achievements for everyone who had been excluded. This time the story is about Jackie and Hank Greenberg, and new parts of history I didn't know. Hank Greenberg didn't have quite the hurdles Jackie faced, but some of them. There were those who wanted to exclude him too because he was Jewish. I really didn't know that signs in stores included Blacks, Jews, ...more
Christina
Very nice picture book comparing the lives and careers of baseball players Jackie Robinson and Hank Greenberg. Shows their similar backgrounds, moving to new neighborhoods and experiencing discrimination as a child and adult (Hank for being Jewish, Jackie for being black), working their way into the Big Leagues, then fighting for their country in World War II. All the while they are living thousands of miles apart, but getting closer, until one day they "meet" when their teams play a game agains ...more
Anna Olswanger
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Jackie and Hank were born eight years and one thousand miles apart. Nobody knew these babies would grow up and play baseball. Nobody knew Jackie and Hank would meet and become heroes."

When Jackie and Hank Met has a rhythmic text that tells the story of two men, one African-American, one Jewish, who broke the barriers of race and religion in American sports and ultimately became baseball legends.

Hank Greenberg was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 23, 1956, and Jackie Robinson i
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Alison Rankn
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I am a fan of baseball and of these two great players and I loved how the author told the story of them meeting for the first time. What resonated with me was how the author told the story and showed the readers that Jackie and Hank were very alike in many ways. The illustrations were very detailed and lifelike. I was drawn to how the author talked about the prejudice these two men faced along with many other minorities and how they fought against that. This b ...more
Katy
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before I intentionally place a book on the shelves of my classroom library, I try to read it. This morning, I read When Jackie and Hank Met. It's a wonderful book that explores not only the integration of major league baseball, but it also how prejustice is not limited to the color of your skin but to other facets as well. Jackie said that Hank was a man of class; so was Jackie.
Elisabeth
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Easy to understand and clever concept, documenting the actual physcical distance between the two until the fateful day they met.
Stacey
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Not a huge baseball fan, but I learned a lot about Hank Greenberg.
Jo-Ann
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Two different men who both played baseball and fought for the rights of people everywhere. Great book for black history month.
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