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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Testing the Ice

Testing the Ice

Fall 2009 Picture Books
Ages: 7 - 10 yrs.
Author: Sharon Robinson
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
ISBN: 9780545052511
Hardcover Price: $16.99
In 1955, the year the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the New York Yankees, Jackie Robinson moved his wife, two sons, David and Jackie Jr. and daughter, Sharon, to Connecticut. The siblings made friends with the next door neighbors' children, and they all swam and played together in the lake. When the lake finally froze for the winter, the children all wanted to ice skate, but Jackie Robinson was not sure the ice was frozen solid enough to hold them. So, despite his fear of the water, he bravely took a shovel and broomstick out onto the ice, scraping and tapping as he carefully stepped forward--testing to make sure it was safe for the children.

Kadir Nelson's signature skillful illustrations bring life and dimension to the story.

Kemie Nix   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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