Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Testing The Ice Book Review And Giveaway

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.
I was so excited when I was contacted by Big Honcho Media to review Scholastic's new book, Testing The Ice. We are avid readers and love books in our home, so this opportunity was very welcomed!

I'll admit when I first opened the package, I did the one thing they say you're not supposed to do about "books"...I judged it by it's cover. Or better yet, the size of it's cover. I thought "this is one big book, I don't know if Donovan (age 5 1/2) is going to sit through this story in one sitting".

When I opened the book, I noticed the large writing and thought it was perfect for little eyes to read along with. I was truly amazed by the phenomenal artwork which was inspired by Jackie Robinson's actual photographs.

Donovan and I sat and had fun reading the book...he loved it! It wasn't nearly as long as I'd thought and as a parent I can appreciate the fact that the book is not only a lesson in bravery, but also a wonderful lesson in history. Don't just take my word for it, check it out for yourself!


Here's your chance to win a copy of the book!! Post a comment here between now and 11:59 PM EDT on October 21st to be entered into a random drawing.
One (1) blog follower will receive a TESTING THE ICE prize pack! (add "follower" to your comment)
Kidorable Hat, Glove & Scarf set (random styles)
copy of Testing the Ice

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

Prizing Values:
The grand prize pack is valued at $52.99
The books are valued at $16.99 each

Shipping Guidelines:
Prizing is only available to United States mailing address only. (International readers can enter if they have a friend in the States who can accept their prizes by mail.)

Tweet this giveaway and post here in a separate comment for an additional entry into the random drawing!!

Good luck and enjoy the book...we certainly did!


Anonymous said...

Wow, what an awesome opportunity to be able to review this book. My daughter would have loved to have had this chance and I know she would still love reading it now. She's 23 and a recent Journalism graduate, and have been reading since she was 4. Thanks for sharing this!

JaelCustomDesigns said...

Popping in from SITS!
Now following your blog...

Lovin' Life said...

OMgosh, that is so awesome that you were asked to review the book! Super cool!!! I too would love to read the book with my son!!!! (and I am a follower too!!!)

blueviolet said...

It really sounds like a wonderful book!

Cyndy said...

Just another way to celebrate him! Sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for sharing! I'm a teacher and am always on the look-out for another good one! (And yep, I'm a follower!)

April said...

This looks like an awesome read. My tots love to read (more like listen to me read). What a great story. We'll have to check this one out.

Thanks. Of course I'm a follower.

Bonafyde said...

I loved the vid on the book...I found the relationship between the author and the illustrator quite informative and endearing. I collect African-American picture books both for the stories and the artwork and of course I read them to my children all the time. There wasn't much books/toys during my childhood that depicted characters that looked like me or various people in my family or community in a positive way and I am drawn to seeking these out as an adult.
I've been inspired to create my own picture book based on a story I have written and artwork I will create myself. The thought alone has me excited!
This book is such an inspiration to me!

ellen s. said...

how cool is that? we love to read here, too...owen is always bringing books home and we hit the library here...we have a rule that he needs to read at least 2 books a week to play on the play station.

what a great story, i never knew that about him. i love big books, LOL! makes me feel like a kid again, too. and i love that they used the photos of real life for the illustration. we'll look for it at the library!

wmmahaney said...

This looks like a wonderful book. My boys would enjoy it very much.

Nitasha said...

What an awesome opportunity...I too, love to read to/with my 2 sons. My 7 year old is especially fond of reading, and being able to incorporate a history lesson with his love of reading is ideal! Thank you for sharing.

Melissa said...

Sounds like a great book. I would love to have the opportunity to read this book to the 2 year olds in my class. They love listening to books. Especially books with lots of action.

Winning Readings said...

Would love this to share with my daughter!

I follow.

And we've posted about this at Winning Readings:

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

JgWM said...

What a great story, I would love to read this book and share the story with my family. Thank for the reveiw.

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