Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Dad, Jackie, and Me, by Myron Uhlberg. Illustrated by Colin Bootman.
Set in 1947 in Brooklyn, when the great Dodger Jackie Robinson was still being discriminated against, a young boy and his deaf father strengthen their relationship when they get caught up in the excitement of Dodger baseball. The discrimination the father experiences does not hinder his zest for life. The story culminates with a personal touch from the great first baseman. The watercolor illustrations and the endpapers showing actual newspaper articles and photos from the sports pages help the reader imagine life in the 1940's.