Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Testing the Ice" book giveaway

I would like to invite you to enter a book giveaway in celebration of the release of Testing the Ice by Sharon Robinson. Sharon, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, has crafted a heartwarming, true story about growing up with her father.

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.

The book opens with Jackie Robinson's famous slide into home plate that won the seventh game in the world series, beating the New York Yankees and making the the Brooklyn Dodgers the world champions!

Then the story transitions to the new home the Robinson's bought on a lake in Stamford, Connecticut. Told from Sharon Robinson's perspective, she and her two brothers love their new home and their new friends. When friends came to visit, they were mesmerized by Jackie's trophies and awards. When the kids asked him about his historic entry into Major League Baseball, he tells them his triumphant story. After his retirement in 1956, he remained very busy, but was able to be home more with his family.

The family spent many summers enjoying the lake by their home, but no matter how hard the kids tried, Jackie would not get into the water. In the winter, when the water froze, the kids decided they wanted to go ice-skating. Reluctantly, Jackie agreed to join them and trepidly maneuvers the ice to make sure it is safe for the kids.

The illustrations in the book are stunning--it's as if they leap off of the page and suck you in. The book is a wonderfully inspirational story that all ages will enjoy.

All of the book giveaway details are below as well as this great book trailer with Sharon Robinson and Kadir Nelson:

Testing the Ice Hardcover Children’s Book Release Book Giveaway

5 Winners:

One (1) winner will receive a Testing the Ice prize pack!
 Kidorable Hat, Glove & Scarf set (random styles)
 copy of Testing the Ice

Four (4) additional winners will receive a copy of the book!

To enter, leave a comment between now and midnight on Thursday, October 29th, along with the email address in which you can be contacted for mailing information should your name be selected (US only). The winner will be randomly selected on Friday, October 30th. Good luck!!!


jpetroroy said...

Please enter me! This sounds wonderful

jpetroroy (at) gmail (dot) com

Nicole said...

Oh, my word. I'd love this book!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me for the book giveaway

slmartin said...

What an inspirational book! Beautiful pictures and motivational story!!

Wendy said...

I want to enter! Wendy M. :)
(I had this book ordered just last week for our media center after seeing it a B&N - one of my new favorites on the top of my personal wish list to own and teach with. It's beautiful!)

Cheryl said...

I am trying to build my daughter's library up, and I know this book would be greatly cherished by her. She has such a thirst for books, and I absolutely enjoy reading them to her.