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Giveaway: Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 27, 2009


“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.”

Thanks to Scholastic, we have a wonderful Testing the Ice prize pack to giveaway, as well as four additional copies of the book. You can find out how to enter, below.


Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson

by Sharon Robinson (Author), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis: When Jackie Robinson retires from baseball and moves his family to Connecticut, the beautiful lake on their property is the center of everyone’s fun. The neighborhood children join the Robinson kids for swimming and boating. But oddly, Jackie never goes near the water.

In a dramatic episode that first winter, the children beg to go ice skating on the lake. Jackie says they can go–but only after he tests the ice to make sure it’s safe. The children prod and push to get Jackie outside, until hesitantly, he finally goes. Like a blind man with a stick, (contd.)

Jackie taps on the ice’s surface, when suddenly howling and roaring sounds come out of the lake! It is only then that Sharon realizes why she’s never seen her father in the water — Jackie doesn’t know how to swim! But her horror changes to relief as Jackie bravely taps his way to the middle of the lake — and declare it safe!

In a stunning metaphor for Jackie Robinson’s legendary breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Sharon Robinson honors her extraordinary father’s memory with her warm graceful storytelling. Two-time Caldecott Honor Book artist Kadir Nelson has created richly rendered paintings that radiate with the beauty and spirit of one of America’s finest heroes.



One (1) winner will receive a TESTING THE ICE prize pack!

  • Kidorable Hat, Glove & Scarf set
  • A copy of Testing the Ice

The grand prize pack is valued at $52.99

Four (4) winners will receive a copy of TESTING THE ICE.

The books are valued at $16.99 each


Here is what you have to do to enter (maximum entries, 3):

  • Leave your name and a message in the comments field below. If you are one of the lucky winners, you will be contacted via e-mail.
  • An extra entry will be given for each time you twitter about the giveaway and/or blog about it. You will need to paste the link in a separate comment to make this entry valid. Click here to follow me on Twitter.
  • Don’t forget to leave your contact information with your comment — a valid e-mail address is a must.
  • Shipping Guidelines: The Testing the Ice book promotion is open to participants with a United States mailing address only (international readers can enter if they have a friend in the States who can accept their prizes by mail!)
  • The contest will run October 27, 2009 – November 18, 2009, with the winners being drawn November 19.  Administrator’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Giveaway. Winners will be picked at random using a random sequence generator (your comments are numbered in the order they are received and the numbers are like raffle tickets drawn from a hat). Winners have 72hrs to claim their prize. Unclaimed prizes will be awarded to an alternate winner.
  • Comment away!

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  • Sounds like a great book!

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    October 28, 2009
  • Please enter me, this would make a great gift for my grandson. Thanks

    October 30, 2009
  • This sounds like a wonderful book! I would love to share it with my son. Thanks for the chance to enter!

    October 30, 2009
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    October 30, 2009
  • The illustrations are really quite unique and spectacular in this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    November 3, 2009
  • The illustrations look to be just outstanding!

    November 3, 2009
  • Looks like a great book!

    November 3, 2009
  • Sounds like a wonderful book. The theme is an appropriate one for this time and age. I’m sure children will learn a great deal.

    November 4, 2009
  • I’d love to read this book with my son!

    November 5, 2009
  • My name is Sheyla, this year we have a brand new Library at our school, which I’m trying to stock with good books, on a very small budget. The copy of “Testing the Ice” looks like a very cute and a intresting read, the pictures looks awesome. I would love to have a chance to read this to our students. I would like to be put in the drawing for a copy. Thank you very much.



    November 5, 2009
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    November 6, 2009
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    November 6, 2009
  • What a beautiful book this looks to be!

    November 9, 2009
  • My son really loves reading about historic figures and he likes Jackie Robinson.

    November 10, 2009
  • This book looks like a great idea and a good way to introduce that everyone does things that are hard for them!

    November 10, 2009
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    November 10, 2009
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    November 10, 2009
  • my nephew would love this!

    November 16, 2009
  • Please enter me in the “Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson”. I can’t wait to read this book with my grandniece – she is just the right age. While I am more of the Willie Mays generation I remember Jackie Robinson as a prominent sports hero. I’m happy he will be reintroduced to children.

    November 17, 2009

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