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“Jackie's Gift”

The Children's Book Review

"Jackie's Gift" by Sharon Robinson illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Viking, $16.99,coffee table sized and geared to Ages 3-5) is a grand slammer, functioning as it does as a true story of Christmas, Hanukkah and Jackie Robinson. The author, the daughter of the man who broke baseball's color line, tells the story of her father getting ready for his first Christmas in Brooklyn in a house on Tilden Avenue that I knew well.

A couple of doors away from the Robinsons were the Satlows who befriended the new family on the block against the prejudice of other neighbors. To repay the kindness of that family, Jackie Robinson bought them a Christmas tree only to learn the Satlows didn't celebrate Christmas because they were Jewish. The Robinsons and the Satlows continue to maintain a lifelong relationship. That is the slim plot line of a book that is just perfect for the holiday season, one carefully crafted in its writing and expertly illustrated.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

This Article is Copyright © 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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