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Always, Jackie : the true story of a boy and his baseball hero / Ronnie Rabinovitz & J. Patrick Lewis ; illustrated by John Thompson.

Rabinovitz, Ronnie (author.). Lewis, J. Patrick, (author.). Thompson, John, 1940- (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J 796.357 RAB (Text) 33500013289335 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781568463070
  • ISBN: 1568463073
  • Physical Description: 31 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Mankato, MN : Creative Editions, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
"The unbelievable yet true story of how an eight-year-old white kid from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, met the legendary Jackie Robinson in the 1950s--and how the two became lifelong friends"-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 9 Creative Editions.
Grades 4-6 Creative Editions.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #1
    A middle-grade picture book about the relationship between baseball legend Jackie Robinson and a young fan, this reads like a love letter to the man who desegregated American baseball. Seven-year-old Ron Rabinovitz lived in Wisconsin but was obsessed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson. The authors—including Rabinovitz himself—draw parallels between the anti-Semitism Rabinovitz experienced growing up in the Midwest and the prejudice Robinson encountered as the first African American man to play for a major league baseball team. These parallels underscore how the two were able to start and maintain a friendship that lasted for decades. Photorealistic acrylic paintings used throughout serve to emphasize the historic nature of their rapport, while also highlighting the fact that Rabinovitz and Robinson are real people and not fictional characters. Although there are stronger titles about this important historical figure, juvenile readers will enjoy this story of the bond between a great man and one of his truest fans. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972 > Juvenile literature.
Rabinovitz, Ronnie > Juvenile literature.
Baseball players > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African American baseball players > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Friendship > Juvenile literature.
Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972.
African American baseball players.
Baseball players.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Juvenile works.

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