Happy Short Story Saturday, Reading Nook friends!
Today, we're reviewing the wonderful new children's book, I am Jackie Robinson.
I quite enjoyed this story, which is aimed at younger children and contains some great wisdom on overcoming adversity, utilizing the amazing life story of one of America's greatest sports legends.
Published January 8th 2015 by Dial
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Two second recap:
I am Jackie Robinson, written by Brad Meltzer and wonderfully illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos, is a story about achieving greatness through hard work and self-respect. It is an excellent story for young children.
The story is animated in a playful manner, similar stylistically to Calvin & Hobbes. This makes it a thoroughly enjoyable read, especially for parents who might want something different than the traditional storytime fare.
However, it is the story’s message that I appreciated the most. It includes tales of our young Jackie Robinson dealing with segregation and racism in his childhood and early adulthood. Initially, like most youth, he responds by matching hostility with hostility of his own, responding to insults and rocks hurled by his tormentors, with some insults and rocks of his own.
However, Jackie is fortunate to be blessed with a mother and with mentors who teach him the importance of rising above simple retribution. By the power of his example, he inspires others with his greatness in baseball. In time, those who once scorned his entry to professional sports were chearing his name.
Bottom line: I recommend this for young readers everywhere. Additionally, I feel that this story would be an excellent selection for young children in group story time or the younger grades of school. Its message of always believing in oneself, and not responding to hate with more anger are very important lessons for youth.