Kristina Charnecki's Reviews > Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America

Promises to Keep by Sharon Robinson
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Dec 06, 2011

it was amazing

Genre: Biographical Junior Book

Written and told through the perspective of Jackie Robinson’s daughter, readers learn more about Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player that pushed through the barriers of color.

a.) A major strength of this book is the feeling of intimacy through the perspective of which it was told.
b.) As stated earlier, the author is Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson. She shares her memories with readers, so it is so much more than just any old regular biography that simply states facts. It is as if readers are invited into their family for a small glimpse of a legendary figure. Everything from the inclusion of additional materials such as photographs and archives to the writing style adds to the personal and intimate feel of the book.
c.)Throughout the book, Sharon Robinson refers to Jackie Robinson as “my dad” or “my father” instead of stating his name. This alone helps to readers to feel special because of the privilege to be involved in such an intimate sharing of memories. It is less formal and much more personal. Readers get a more personal look into Jackie Robinson’s life through the use of family photos and letters. Photographs help to make the past come alive.

Curriculum Connections: Obviously, this is a great book to use in discussion with the Civil Rights movement. I also think this book is a great example for students to realize the differences of time periods of back then and today.

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