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Dad, Jackie, and Me
By Myron Uhlberg
Illustrated by Colin Bootman

Publisher: Peachtree
ISBN-10: 1561453293
ISBN (13 digit)/EAN: 978-1-56145-329-0
Retail Price: $16.95
Our Net Price:  $11.05 (35% discount)

* 2006 ALA Schneider Family Book Award
* 2007 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
* 2006 NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Children
* Honorable mention, 2005 Gustavus Myers Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study  of Bigotry and Human Rights
* 2006 Storytelling World Award
* 2006 IRA Teachers' Choice
* 2006 NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
* 2006 Comstock Award (MN)
* 2007-2008 Land of Enchantment Book Awards Master List (NM)
* 2007-2008 CRA/CLA/CATE/CSLA California Young Reader Medal
* 2007-2008 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Awards Reading List
* Special Recognition, 2006 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
* Nominee, 2005 SCBA Book Awards (CA)
* Nominee, 2006-2007 Land of Enchantment Book Award
* Nominee, 2006-2007 Bill Martin Jr Picture Book Award (KS)
* Nominee, 2006-2007 Florida Reading Association's Children's Book Award
* Nominee, 2006-2007 Living the Dream Children's Book Award
* Nominee, 2007 North Carolina Children's Book Award
* Nominee, 2007-2008 Show Me Readers Award Program (MO)
* Nominee, 2007-2008 Children’s Crown Awards
* Nominee, 2007-2008 Black-Eyed Susan Award
* Nominee, 2007-2008 KC3 Reading Award
* Nominee, 2008 Charlotte Award (intermediate list) (NY)
* Nominee, 2008-2009 Young Hoosier Book Award (Picture
 Book category) (IN)
* Nominee, 2008-2009 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards

Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg

Pub: February 2006
Size: 9.5 x 11.00 inches
32 Pages
Ages 4-8
Accelerated Reader &
Reading Counts Tests:
Reading Counts Test #: Q38373
Reading Counts Level: 4
AR Quiz#: 103077
AR Reading Level: 3.8

Subjects / Categories:
Fiction / Nature
Sports / Baseball

Front Inside Cover:

IT IS THE SUMMER OF 1947 and a highly charged baseball season is underway in New York. Jackie Robinson is the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers--and the first black player in Major League Baseball. A young boy shares the excitement of Robinson's rookie season with his deaf father.
Each day he listens eagerly to the Brooklyn Dodgers games on the radio. When his father arrives home from work, the boy uses sign language to tell him about the Dodgers. His father begins to keep a scrapbook, clipping photos and articles about Jackie. Finally one day the father delivers some big news: they are going to Ebbets Field to watch Jackie play in person!

Author Myron Uhlberg offers a nostalgic look back at 1947, and pays tribute to Jackie Robinson, the legendary athlete and hero who brought a father and son--and an entire New York community--together for one magical summer. Illustrator Colin Bootman's realistic, full-color illustrations capture the details of the period and the excitement of an entire city as Robinson helps the Dodgers win the long-awaited pennant.

About the Author - Myron Uhlberg:

MYRON UHLBERG was born in Brooklyn, New York, a hearing child of two deaf parents. An avid baseball fan, he now writes full time and lives with his wife Karen in Palm Springs, California. Uhlberg is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of FLYING OVER BROOKLYN, LEMUEL THE FOOL, an Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Young Readers; MAD DOG MAGRAW, A Children’s Book Council Children’s Choice; and THE PRINTER, named a Bank Street College of Education 2004 Best Children’s Book of the Year and a 2005 USBBY/IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities. 


" affecting tribute to Robinson, to a dedicated son and to a thoughtful, deep-feeling father. And, of course, to baseball." —Publishers Weekly

"...genuinely affecting... Bootman's realistic, wonderfully expressive watercolor paintings capture the fashions and flavor of 1940's New York in muted brows and greens. The endpapers, an actual scrapbook of old newspaper articles about Robinson, provide a satisfying context for this ultimately upbeat, multi-dimensional story." —Kirkus Reviews

"Bootman's lovely watercolor paintings add detail and wistful nostalgia... [readers] will appreciate the story's insightful treatment of deafness as viewed through the eyes of a child." —School Library Journal

"It takes the young Uhlberg, narrator of the story, a while to overcome his embarrassment at his father's attempts to cheer for Robinson...but eventually Dad's devotion wins the day in a moving finale. Colin Bootman, who earned a Coretta Scott Honor Award for Almost to Freedom (2003), uses evocative watercolors rich in soft browns and lush greens to capture both the feel of the 1940s (fedora-wearing fans) and the electricity of Robinson's play." —Booklist

"[Bootman's] rich watercolors evoke the deep shadows of summer afternoons at the ballpark and the easy camaraderie between father and son." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


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