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Jackie's nine : Jackie Robinson's values to live by : courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, persistence , commitment, excellence
Robinson, Sharon, 1950-
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2001]

Physical Description:
181 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Courage : In the shadow of your wings -- The meeting / Jules Tygiel -- She walked alone / Daisy Bates -- Determination : The capping ceremony -- Breaking the color barrier / Jackie Robinson -- Still me / Christopher Reeve -- Teamwork : Breaking barriers -- The Colonel from "Old Kaintuck" / Carl Rowan -- Together now! PUSH! / David Robinson -- Persistence : Getting beyond average -- Wait 'til next year / Jackie Robinson -- The great one / Bruce Markusen -- Integrity : Love and war -- The lion at dusk / Roger Kahn -- Old men by the fire / David Remnick -- Citizenship : Jazz and activism -- From the Hall of Fame to Birmingham / Jackie Robinson -- Parents as mentors / Marian Wright Edelman -- Justice : Turned my wailing into dancing -- I never had it made / Jackie Robinson -- A testament of hope / Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Commitment : A father's love -- Jackie's prison / Jackie Robinson -- Making it home / Rachel Robinson -- Excellence : A grand tribute -- Michael Jordan / Bob Greene -- Oprah Winfrey -- Epilogue : Jackie's nine -- Eulogy : A temple of God / Reverend Jesse L. Jackson.
Reading Level:
1040 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.3 4.0 57190.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.4 8 Quiz: 25313 Guided reading level: X.
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GV865.R6 R594 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ
GV865.R6 R594 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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I once had a conversation with Jesse Jackson about why my father's legacy lives on. He talked with me about the difference between a champion and a hero. A champion, said Reverend Jackson, wins a World Series or an Olympic event and is hoisted on the shoulders of the fans. A hero carries the people on his shoulders.

To millions of people, Jackie Robinson is a sports and civil rights hero. To Sharon Robinson, he was all that -- and Dad. From the unique perspective that only a daughter could have, she serves as a personal tour guide through the nine heartfelt, hard-won values that helped Jackie achieve his goals.

Sharon Robinson explores these values -- courage, justice, teamwork, citizenship, determination, integrity, persistence, commitment, and excellence -- through a wonderful, richly diverse collection of writings. The anthology includes compelling autobiographical passages by both Robinsons and powerful profiles of people like Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Marian Wright Edelman, Christopher Reeve, and Oprah Winfrey, who carry on Robinson's valuable legacy.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Under nine rubrics, from "Courage" and "Determination" to "Commitment" and "Excellence," Jackie Robinson's daughter brings together inspirational episodes from memoirs written by her parents and herself and writings by or about Christopher Reeve, Marion Wright Edelman, Oprah Winfrey, and other individuals frequently cast as role models. Among them is Sharon's recollection of Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to the Robinson home and a look at her work as founder of a program that brings athletes into schools. There are glimpses of specific historical events, such as the experiences of one of the Little Rock Nine, but Robinson's real intent is to communicate a sense of each personality that readers can relate to their own lives. Running from one to seven pages in length, the passages are self-contained and interspersed with contemporary photographs. Without preaching or pushing an agenda, Robinson simply presents examples, with a minimum of explanatory commentary; the very indirectness of her approach may prompt a reexamination of personal goals and values. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

Robinson pays tribute to the values that she believes exemplified her father's life in this rather choppy collection of pieces, the majority of which have been published in earlier books. In chapters devoted to each of these nine principles (courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment and excellence), she includes an entry by or about her father, a recollection of what she considers a memorable event in her own past and an article by or about an individual from among what she describes as her "heroes courageous men and women who have touched me personally." Entries in this last category include an excerpt from Christopher Reeve's autobiography, a portion of Bruce Markson's biography of Roberto Clemente and an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s A Testament of Hope. The author draws extensively from her father's I Never Had It Made, an autobiography as told to Alfred Duckett; as well as her own Stealing Home: An Intimate Portrait of Jackie Robinson, published in 1996. The result feels a bit cobbled together; through the amalgam of voices, it is Jackie Robinson's, rather than the author's, that emerges as the most compelling. Still, middle graders may well find inspiring the life and words of this first African-American major-league ball player and Hall of Famer. Ages 10-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-This personal tribute by a daughter to her famous father is meant to inspire young readers. Topics include courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment, and excellence. Each chapter begins with a reflection by Sharon Robinson on her own life and then is followed by speeches, columns, and writings extolling the values of other role models. Some of the selections are from Jackie Robinson's autobiography; others include Carl Rowan's piece on the courage of the "Kentucky colonel," Pee Wee Reese; Brian Lanker on Oprah Winfrey; Bob Greene on Michael Jordan; and Christopher Reeve writing about himself. While the audience seems to be young people, at times the context seems more for adults. Marian Wright Edelman's essay on parents as mentors will not have wide appeal to young people. The book is full of warm duotone photographs, seemingly taken from the family picture album. Unfortunately, they are often hazy or lacking in contrast. However, the book does remind readers that there is still much to learn from Jackie Robinson, and it would be of value in ethics classes as well as to teachers interested in presenting materials on role models.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.