Monday, February 7, 2011

Testing the Ice by Sharon Robinson illustrated by Kadir Nelson

2009/40 pgs.

About the Book: Sharon Robinson recalls a childhood memory of her father, Jackie Robinson and the day they went ice skating.

Sarah Teenlibrarian Says: I really enjoyed this book! Sharon Robinson's writing style is beautiful. She never talks down to the reader. She's written a book that has a message without it ever feeling too preachy. Instead, it comes across as her telling a childhood tale. The image of Jackie Robinson stepping out onto the frozen ice, even though he's afraid because he can't swim is also a great metaphor for him stepping into the world of baseball and breaking the color barrier. But this metaphor is worked so well into the story that it never comes off as a lesson.

The artwork is amazing, of course, since the book is illustrated by Kadir Nelson (aka my children's literature boyfriend). His artwork always amazes me! Each page looks so lifelike and it's obvious he takes great care with his subjects. He used Robinson family photos to help create the illustrations in this book, which I think adds to the lifelike feel.

One of my favorite Show-Me Readers Award Nominees I've read!

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