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A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson
Contributor(s): Adler, David A. (Author), Casilla, Robert (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0823413047     ISBN-13: 9780823413041
Publisher: Holiday House
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 1994
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Annotation: Young readers can learn about the first African American to play in the majorleagues in this full-color picture-book biography.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Sports & Recreation
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Cultural, Ethnic & Regional
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Dewey: B
LCCN: 93027224
Age Level: 4-8
Grade Level: Preschool-3
Lexile Measure: 890 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Guided Reading: M (Grade 2)
Series: Picture Book Biographies
Physical Information: 0.12" H x 9.5" W x 8" (0.26 lbs) 29 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 20900
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Publisher Description:
The first African American to play in the major leagues.

Contributor Bio(s): Casilla, Robert: -

Robert Casilla was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to parents from Puerto Rico. Like many children, Robert always loved to draw. As the new kid in his second grade class, he recalls doing a drawing of two birds with colored chalk on construction paper. His teacher noticed the drawing and then told the class, "We have an artist in the class!" Robert is thankful to her and all the teachers that motivated and helped him realize he had talent as an artist. Although he grew up in New Jersey, he did get to attend school in Puerto Rico as a fourth grader.

His formal training in art took place at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he earned a BFA degree.

Since 1984, Robert has worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines, book publishers, postage stamps, educational publishers and others.

He has illustrated over 25 children's books, many of which are picture book biographies of people such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks and John F. Kennedy. He has also illustrated many multicultural children's books such as Jalapeno Bagels, The Little Painter of Sabana Grande, The Legend of Mexicatl and First Day in Grapes which won the Pura Belpre Honor Award.

Robert visits many schools to talk about the visual journey a story takes him through to come up with the illustrations for his books. He also teaches art to young gifted artist one day a week.

Robert lives and works from his home in New Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife and two children, 3 cats and his feisty shih tzu dog.

Adler, David A.: - David Abraham Adler (born April 10, 1947) is the author of nearly 200 books for children and young adults, most notably the Cam Jansen mystery series, the "Picture Book of..." series, and several acclaimed works about the Holocaust for young readers. Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-three-year-old nephew inspired Adler to write his first story, A Little at a Time, subsequently published by Random House in 1976. Adler's next project, a series of math books, drew on his experience as a math teacher. In 1977, he created his most famous character, Cam Jansen, originally featured in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, which was published that year. Adler married psychologist Renee Hamada in 1973, and their first child, Michael, was born in 1977. By that time Adler had taken a break from teaching and, while his wife continued her work, he stayed home, took care of Michael, and began a full-time writing career. Adler has three children and one grandson. He lives in Woodmere, New York.[1

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995)
When Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, there were no other African Americans playing in the major leagues. The thoughtful, brief portrait illuminates the courage and character of an American hero. Appealing watercolors complement the simple text. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1994 December)
Gr 1-3-A brief look at the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson. The subject's childhood, sporting accomplishments, and later endeavors are touched upon, as are the bigotry and prejudice he faced as the first African American to play in the major leagues. The information is similar to that found in Carol Greene's Jackie Robinson (Childrens, 1990), though Adler's writing is smoother. Casilla's full-and double-page watercolors provide attractive backgrounds for the text. A sound introduction to a significant figure.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.
 
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