Wednesday, July 26, 2017

42 Is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport - ADVISABLE

Rappaport, Doreen  42 Is Not Just a Number, 128 pgs.  Candlewick Press, 2017.  $14.99  Content: Language: PG (“n” word); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.  

Jackie Robinson was the youngest of six kids and his mother moved them to Pasadena, California to try and give them opportunities.  Jackie was a good athlete in many sports, but Branch Rickey saw not just his athleticism but that he was a good candidate to desegregate major league baseball.  Jackie was an amazing baseball player, but he also helped the country in a lot of ways to move past segregation.  His baseball jersey number, 42, was permanently retired from baseball to honor him.  

This book read like a bunch of short stories about Jackie Robinson from different times in his life.  The stories that Rappaport chose were interesting and fascinating, but at times it was confusing because she would use the word “today” in reference to the time period she was talking about instead of the today for the reader.  This is a simple and brief overview of the life of a revered historical figure, and there are better Jackie Robinson biographies out there, but this is a good introduction for the younger crowd.  

EL, MS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.              

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