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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson [Paperback]

By Bette Bao Lord (Author) & Marc Simont (Illustrator)
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Shirley Temple Wong leaves her homeland to live in Brooklyn but has great difficulty in adjusting to life in America until she discovers baseball

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Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to America with a heart full of dreams.Her new home is Brooklyn, New York. America is indeed a land full of wonders, but Shirley doesn't know any English, so it's hard to make friends. Then a miracle-baseball-happens. It is 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is everyone's hero. Jackie Robinson is proving that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America and for Shirley as well, on the ball field and off, America becomes the land of opportunity.

Citations And Professional Reviews
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord & Marc Simont has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1077
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1995 page 485
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 561
  • Booklist - 12/01/1992 page 660
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 497
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 491
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 662
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 716

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 25, 1986
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Age  9-12
ISBN  0064401758  
ISBN13  9780064401753  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bette Bao Lord has based this story largely on the days when she herself was a newcomer to America. She is the author of Spring Moon, nominated for the American Book Award for First Novel, and Eighth Moon.

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Reviews - What do customers think about In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson?

11yo girl enjoyed  Apr 1, 2010
I did not read this. It was assigned with SonLight homeschool curriculum. After hearing my daughter answer the comprehension questions, I intend to read it quickly. We both related to the character Shirly since I'm a Korean adoptee and my daughter's eyes look similar to mine. She truley enjoyed it. There's not a lot of action so boys may find it dull.
wonderful  May 22, 2009
I think the product is very interesting but goes a little to far in feeling bad for main character Shirley Temple Wong/Bandit. Now the very optimistic things about the story, first off, it teaches children about baseball legend Jackie Robinson in his roll for the famous baseball team the Dodgers, and Shirley's love for baseball in the middle of the story.It also has some moderate violence and starred inappropriate language. Other than that, it is a great novel which involves new wording and language that takes kids reading and vocabulary skills to the next level. The book is 1-170 pages long.
An Outstanding Tale of Immigrant Life!  Sep 18, 2008
This is a wonderful story of a young Chinese girl who immigrates to the US with her mother in 1947.

The story is just great - it is rich with historical detail, and the main character is completely lovable. The reader gets a very realistic picture of what life was like for a young immigrant at that time.

The book is also hilarious - the author is a gifted story teller who has a brilliant sense of humor.

Cautious parents may want to know that there is one scene in the book [in the chapter "Secrets"] where the main character is coerced by a friend into keeping a secret from her parents. While, in the end, the "secret" turns out to be something relatively harmless [and ridiculous], parents may want to discuss with their children why it is never a good idea to keep a secret from the adults who care for them.

Over all, this is a fantastic book, a joy to read, and was fun for our whole family.
Kid's Review  Jun 26, 2008
Jackie Robinson and the Year of the Boar is an OK book. It shows how life was for an immigrant in the 1940's. It also gives you a taste of how Jackie Robinson felt to cross the racial line.
He and Bandit, or Shirley Temple, had something in common. He held his head up high even when there were threats to take his life, and Shirley did the same, while facing the bullying of her school.
This book also showed, how even if you're mistreated in the beginning, you can still make friends in the end. Shirley made friends with Mable, while she was getting teased. She was also praised with the following chant:
"Hey, Hey you're just great,
Jackie Robinson crossed the plate,
Hey, Hey you're a dream,
Jackie Robinson's on our team."
This book didn't personally intrigue me, but it is perfect for kids who love baseball. Taylor grade 5
New To America  Mar 27, 2008
I would recommend this book for boys and girls of any age. I would recommend this book for girls, because the main character Shirley Temple Wong is a girl, and what she does the girls can mostly understand. I would recomend it for boys, because there is a lot of baseball involved, and the year of baseball is staring Jackie Robinson. The genre of the book is multi cultural. The theme is bravery, hope, and overcoming fears. The most important setting is Shirley's school. The conflict is Shirley does not speak a lot of English, and she does not have any friends. Some specific things about the book are Shirley learns to like baseball, and Jackie Robinson. Another one is Shirley learns to make friend's. I like the part when Shirley went to a new school, and the principal winked at Shirley with one eye, and Shirley did not know what he was doing so she blinked both eyes, and her teacher thought there was somthing wrong with her eyes. My least favorite part was when all the other kids did not like Shirley. They did not want to play with her at all. The author is Bette Bao Lord.

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