Back of Book:
Jackie Robinson broke boundaries as the first African American player in Major League Baseball. But long before Jackie changed the world in a Dodger uniform, he did it in an army uniform.
As a soldier during World War II, Jackie experienced segregation every day—separate places for black soldiers to sit, to eat, and to live. When the army outlawed segregation on military posts and buses, things were supposed to change.
So when Jackie was ordered by a white bus driver to move to the back of a military bus, he refused. Instead of defending Jackie’s rights, the military police took him to trial. But Jackie would stand up for what was right, even when it was difficult to do.
Jackie Robinson was an amazing, and well-known baseball player. Until reading story, I had never heard much about his time in the Army. I absolutely fell in love with the lesson of courage and standing up for what’s right. Jackie was put in jail for sitting in on a bus. He had to stand in court and hear lies spoken to the judge about who he was. Still, Jackie told the truth and won the fight! The text in this book is informative and easy to read. The illustrations are stunning and show readers the strength that Jackie had. The back of the book has a fantastic timeline and authors note which makes it perfect for book reports and research projects. A must read!
Ages 7 and up