42 Is Not Just A Number

42 Is Not Just A Number

The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero

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Random House, Inc.
An eye-opening look at the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and became an American hero.

Baseball, basketball, football — no matter the game, Jackie Robinson excelled. His talents would have easily landed another man a career in pro sports, but such opportunities were closed to athletes like Jackie for one reason: his skin was the wrong color. Settling for playing baseball in the Negro Leagues, Jackie chafed at the inability to prove himself where it mattered most: the major leagues. Then in 1946, Branch Rickey, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, recruited Jackie Robinson. Jackie faced cruel and sometimes violent hatred and discrimination, but he proved himself again and again, exhibiting courage, determination, restraint, and a phenomenal ability to play the game. In this compelling biography, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport chronicles the extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson and how his achievements won over — and changed — a segregated nation.

Baker & Taylor
A revelatory portrait of the life and legacy of the heroic baseball legend explores how, despite his amazing athletic abilities, he was challenged to break the color barrier and overcome significant discrimination in order to play in Major League Baseball.

& Taylor

Presents the life and accomplishments of the baseball legend, exploring how he broke the color barrier and overcame significant discrimination to play professional baseball.

Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, [2017].
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763676247
Characteristics: 119 pages ; 22 cm


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Ms_Gaye Feb 06, 2018

This short biography contains simple yet powerful text about the challenges Jackie Robinson faced.

ArapahoeBridget Jul 27, 2017

A quick read, I really liked that this focused as much on Jackie's willingness to explicitly fight back against racism as it did on his sports prowess. It seems like a lot of what's written for kids about well know African Americans from our past is about their willingness to work together and turn the other cheek, but it's really useful and important to see these people as individuals, not martyrs or sanitized figures. Jackie Robinson was remarkable for many reasons, and I learned a lot about the ways that he fought racism aside from his diligent and tireless work on the baseball field.


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