Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out
Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out
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Annotation: Presents the life of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play baseball in the major league.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #160679
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Pages: 44 pages
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ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-057600-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-32351-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-057600-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-32351-3
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2003026427
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
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Using period photos and illustrated sidebars, this easy-to-read biography is a good introduction to Robinson's life and career. The text informs readers about complex issues, such as segregation, while remaining accessible. The busily designed book concludes with a brief interview with Robinson's daughter. Timeline.
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Word Count: 5,514
Reading Level: 4.9
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.9 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 85731 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.6 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q54403
Lexile: 760L
Time For Kids: Jackie Robinson
Strong Inside and Out

Chapter One

Hero On the Field

Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field in his new Brooklyn Dodgers baseball uniform. He was nervous. The crowd roared. Cameras flashed. Reporters scribbled on their notepads. It was 1947. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first African American to play baseball for a modern major-league team.

He was big news because he was breaking rules. Back in the 1940s, laws in many states told black people where they could live, work, or even eat. The sports world was also segregated. Baseball players who happened to be African American had to play in a league of their own, separate from white players. Jackie Robinson was about to change all of that. The Brooklyn Dodgers' owner, Branch Rickey, had warned Jackie of what could happen. Some fans would be angry. Ballplayers might try to hurt him. Some teams might refuse to compete against a team with a black man. Jackie would have to hold his head up and play the best ball he ever had.

Many people asked that day, "Can he do it? Can he take the hard times and not fight back?"

Jackie Robinson's answer to the world was yes! When he walked onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, on April 15, 1947, he knew he was ready to handle anything.

Time For Kids: Jackie Robinson
Strong Inside and Out
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Excerpted from Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out by Denise Lewis Patrick, Time for Kids Editors
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Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play baseball in the modern major leagues. That may not seem like a big deal today -- but in 1947 it was a very big deal. Until Jackie stepped up to the plate, African Americans couldn't play on most professional sports teams.

TIME For Kids® Biographies help make a connection between the lives of past heroes and the events of today. Because of Jackie's courage and perseverance, people of all colors now participate in America's favorite pastime. Jackie worked hard and proved to the world that it's your character and talent -- not the color of your skin -- that really matters.

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