10/16/2009

Holiday Gift Guide: Testing the Ice by Robinson and Nelson

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Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson
By Sharon Robinson
Paperback, 40 pages
Scholastic Press
List price: $16.99
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A True Story About Jackie Robinson


In the early 1950s, legendary baseball hero Jackie Robinson literally "tested the ice" for his kids who so eagerly wanted to skate on the frozen lake near their home. Under Sharon Robinson's skillful authorship and Kadir Nelson's vivid illustrations, TESTING THE ICE also becomes a stunning metaphor for her father's remarkable racial breakthrough.



Sharon did a wonderful job sharing her father’s memory and his legend of being the famous first negro Major League Baseball player. Kadir Nelson did a superb job with the illustrations in Testing the Ice as well. The drawings are eye-popping, bold and colorful. In my opinion it is a great book to read aloud in a group setting, or silently on your own.


Watch a video featuring author Sharon Robinson & illustrator Kadir Nelson:





Recently, I got to review this wonderful book. It is illustrated with  and now I get to share it with you. If this is a book that you would like to share with your family this holiday season, please sign up for a chance to win.


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Thanks to Scholastic, Inc. for sponsoring this great giveaway!


One (1) winner will receive a TESTING THE ICE prize pack!($52.99)
  • Kidorable Hat, Glove & Scarf set (random styles – see attached image)
  • Copy of Testing the Ice by Robinson/Nelson
Four (4) additional winners will receive a copy of the book!($16.99 each)



A special thanks to Scholastic for sponsoring this giveaway. If you have won this prize in a past contest, please do not sign up. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another reader(s) will be chosen.This contest begins Friday, October 16, 2009 and runs until November 8, 2009 at 11:59 PM EST. Prizing is only available to United States mailing address only. (International readers can enter if they have a friend in the States who can accept their prizes by mail.) Winners will be chosen using random selection and comments will be verified. Thank you.


~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Thanks to Scholastic, Inc. I received a copy of Testing the Ice by Robinson/Nelson to review.



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55 comments:

  1. A great memory from my childhood is from when my family went camping up in Silver Lake, MI and we went parasailing and then into the dunes where my dad almost rolled our Jimmy (with the whole family in it)! It's one of those things you just don't forget!

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  3. The greatest memory from my childhood is going fishing every week with my granddaddy. I learned so much from him and his stories. I miss him very much.

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  6. follow on twitter as lmsmeemaw and tweeted - http://twitter.com/LMsMeeMaw/status/4921379410

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  7. I remember driving to visit my grandparents in N. D. and getting stuck in a snowstorm. Our car went off the road, we were all fine and so was our car, but I remember my grandpa coming and carrying me out of the our car and into his car. :)

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  8. One of my great memories from my childhood was helping my grandmother in her garden. Afterward we would drink sweet tea and eat berries.
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  12. going ice skating on the city ponds in the winter

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  13. One of the best memories of childhood is my mom reading to me. I don't know how many times she read a Cricket in Times Square but I loved it everytime!
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  26. Special memory from childhood would be when my aunt taught me out to style my hair like a "grownup"
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  29. Us kids and friends use to go sledding every winter-then go back to the house/have hot chocolate and cookies :)

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  30. I would have to say our 2 month long road trips across country. They seemed like torture at the time but, now are great memories
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  32. my favorite memory is when we would go to the smokey mountains and stay in a cabin thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  41. Unfortunately (due to brain damage), I have no memories of my childhood. But I'm making up for the loss, by enjoying my grandchildren as they grow:-)

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  42. I remember taking a loong moonlit walk with my dad in the snow and freezing to death...

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  44. We posted about this at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/11/testing-ice_06.html

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  46. Us kids use to go sledding on a hill behind my grandparents house, then we would go in for hot chocolate and cookies. I miss those days.

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  49. I loved listening to baseball games on the radio with my dad... how perfect would it be for him to read this story with my son!

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