Daring Play: How a Courageous Jackie Robinson Transformed Baseball

9780756552916. ea vol: 64p. (Captured History Sports). bibliog. chron. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Compass Point. 2016. lib. ed. $25.49. pap. $8.95.
Gr 7 Up—Capstone expands the "Captured" series into sports, with its usual combination of information about an iconic photograph and the photographer and circumstances in which it was taken. Each title emphasizes how the topic pivotal sports moment symbolized a major change in sports and the world at large, i.e., Jackie Robinson and racial integration. Books include plenty of background about the interplay between sports and society. The many illustrations and large photos are a fascinating visual record of events before and after the captured moment. This series is certain to entice sports fans to read about history.
VERDICT This is a worthy addition to get students thinking critically about the impact and reach of primary source materials like photographs.
These books tell exciting sports stories through the lens of photojournalism. The historical backdrops to the featured soccer (1999 Women's World Cup) and hockey (1980 Olympics) heroics and the aftermaths are explored, and biographical information is included on the teams' major players and on the photojournalists, whose photos complement the well-written texts. The books' spacious design is inviting. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind. Review covers these Captured History: Sports titles: What a Kick and Miracle on Ice.

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