A True Story About Jackie Robinson
Testing The Ice
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When Jackie Robinson retires from baseball and moves his
family to Connecticut, the beautiful lake on their property
is the center of everyone's fun. The neighborhood children
join the Robinson kids for swimming and boating. But oddly,
Jackie never goes near the water.
In a dramatic episode that first winter, the children beg
to go ice skating on the lake. Jackie says they can go--but
only after he tests the ice to make sure it's safe. The
children prod and push to get Jackie outside, until
hesitantly, he finally goes. Like a blind man with a stick,
Jackie taps on the ice's surface, when suddenly howling and
roaring sounds come out of the lake! It is only then that
Sharon realizes why she's never seen her father in the
water -- Jackie doesn't know how to swim! But her horror
changes to relief as Jackie bravely taps his way to the
middle of the lake -- and declare it safe!
In a stunning metaphor for Jackie Robinson's legendary
breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball,
Sharon Robinson honors her extraordinary father's memory
with her warm graceful storytelling. Two-time Caldecott
Honor Book artist Kadir Nelson has created richly rendered
paintings that radiate with the beauty and spirit of one of
America's finest heroes.
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