In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord, Marc Simont

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A timeless classic that will enchant readers who love Jennifer L. Holm and Thanhha Lai, about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own home team—and to break down any barriers that stand in her way.

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 happens: baseball! It's 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is a superstar. Suddenly Shirley is playing stickball with her class and following Jackie as he leads the Brooklyn Dodgers to victory after victory.

With her hero smashing assumptions and records on the ball field, Shirley begins to feel that America is truly the land of opportunity—and perhaps has also become her real home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062857361
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 287,144
File size: 28 MB
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Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Bette Bao Lord based her acclaimed middle grade novel In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson largely on the days when she herself was a newcomer to the United States. She is also the author of Spring Moon, nominated for the American Book Award for First Novel, and Eighth Moon.

Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Encouraged by his father, Joseph Simont, an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine L'Illustration, Marc Simont drew from a young age. Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York, he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher.

When he was nineteen, Mr. Simont settled in America permanently, determined to support himself as an artist. His first illustrations for a children's book appeared in 1939. Since then, Mr. Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books, working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry.

Internationally acclaimed for its grace, humor, and beauty, Marc Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is The Stray Dog.

Table of Contents

JANUARY Chinese New Year
FEBRUARY A Journey of Ten Thousand Miles
MARCH China's Little Ambassador
APRIL A Hungry Ghost
MAY Two Black Eyes and Wispy Whiskers
JUNE I Pledge a Lesson to the Frog
JULY Toscanini Takes a Walk
AUGUST Monsters
OCTOBER The World Series
NOVEMBER Moon Cakes Without Grandfather
DECEMBER A Star-Spangled Christmas

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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
MidnightWorm More than 1 year ago
This book was read in my class over 17 years ago and it still sticks in my mind. An exceptional example of perfectly written children's literature.
gwenn2ns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book but it's not extremly good, the things I liked about this book were how the author used ways of describing the scene or the person of a part, like when an old piano teacher takes out her teeth and makes her talk and sound weird. I also like how when your done reading you feel like there is more to the book. In all the book was great but not the best I ever read.
Baomei More than 1 year ago
A quick and fun read.
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My daughter is now enjoying reading books about children whose families immigrated to this country (from Asia or Europe), leaving family behind. I had enjoyed reading some of Ms. Lord's adult books, so I was interested in reading this book with my daughter. My daughter asked a number of questions about situations that came up in the book ("why did he say that?", "what is XXX?", etc.) so I knew she was listening and engaged. There is a wonderful passage where the little girl recites the Pledge of Allegiance as best she can, given that she is still learning English. The book is written in a very straight forward manner and from the perspective of the little girl, so very accessible to elementary school children. However, given the wonderful discussions my daughter and I had about some of the passages in the book, I would recommend the book be read with a parent or in school. I donated our book to my daughter's third grade classroom, as it tied nicely into their China unit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because my teacher wanted our class to. I thought it was amazing and so did my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson a little girl named Shirley Temple Wong sails out from her home in china to a new land called America. Her new home is in Brooklyn New York. Shirley has many wonders about this new land and curiosity but unfortunately Shirley doesn¿t know any English so it¿s very difficult for her to make new friends. But once Shirley hears about baseball that becomes her priority she falls in love with it. Shirley has a new hero Jackie Robinson an African American baseball player for the Brooklyn dodgers. Now at this time it was 1947 and Shirley would sit and listen to the radio and hear him play she loved it, she very fascinated by this sport. Shirley would go to school and think about baseball. She played it at school with the other kids she wasn¿t great at it because for one thing she couldn¿t really understand the kids but she tried. Later on in the book Shirley realizes America is the land of opportunity and able to achieve your dreams. The book was very humorous and interesting some parts weren¿t the best but I enjoyed it and I¿m sure whoever reads it will enjoy it to. So yes I would definitely recommend it to all ages. I liked that I really it into it I felt like I was inside experiencing what Shirley was doing and how she didn¿t understand English and just loving baseball and learning. I also liked that the book teaches about how America was the land of opportunity and shows how a black man the grandson of a slave can achieve so much and make a big difference In America. So yes go and find out more about this great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jackie Robinson is the Best! This book made me feel how hard for people when they come to a new country or and school because they don¿t know how to speak that language very well. This book also made me feel like I should learn more about my culture. This book was also about a black man named Jackie Robinson. He was the fist black man to ever play in a major league team. At first people made fun of him and called lots of bad names. After that everyone loved him and did not make fun of him any more so if you are interested in this book you should read it! You will not regret anything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I think this book shows that Jackie Robinson had a lot courage to be the first black person in the MLB. It reminded of a saint that had the courage to keep believing in god. I hope you get to read this book because you¿ll get blown away by it¿s greatness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the greatest book I ever read. It really inspired me. It also made me laugh. I think others should read this book because it was a Grand Slam. When I picked up this book and read it, it really made me smile. I hope others will love and enjoy this book as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great, it was boring at first but then it got better. It nice to get a feel of what it was like to come into a new country and have to deal with a new language and culture. When I read this book I felt like I was traveling with Shirley and I was feeling her hardships. It was also a great book because I learned about the first African America to play baseball. If u want to learn more about this book u should read it is a great book. It is a grand slam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Year of The Boar and Jackie Robinson was an ok book. I have read better books but it still was a good book to read. It made me feel happy to read this book. I couldn¿t wait to read the next page. This book was about a Chinese girl who came to America. I loved this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a hit! Shirley Temple Wong was born and raised in China. When Shirley was ten she moves to America knowing only her name. With a lot to learn Shirley travels to New York. After Shirley learns and understands more English Shirley is able to make friends. This book can be extremely funny sometimes. Other times it can be serious. I think this book is great because though hardship and struggle Shirley finds happiness. Shirley falls in love with baseball and Jackie Robinson becomes her idol. TO FIND OUT HOW SHIRLEY FINDS HAPPYNESS IN THIS FOREIGN LAND READ THIS BOOK!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a hit in my heart!!!! I recommend this book this book for grades 3-12 grade. After I read this book I realized just because someone black doesn¿t mean they don¿t have dreams. Just like Jackie Robinson playing professional baseball. Also anther reason why I liked this book because Shirley was like Jackie by the way she never gave up! If you like baseball and enjoy adventure you should READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an inspiration!! It really taught me more about how hard it was for immigrants! Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson also told me the hardships of the people that were black and other back rounds. I also learned that back then when Jackie Robinson played baseball people would call him the worst names and make fun of him. This book also told me that it was hard for the Chinese immigrants to make friends. I recommend you to read this book!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was grand slam! This book was so cool. I loved it. Jackie Robinson¿s courage was my favorite this book. I like baseball too so that made me enjoy this book even more. I recommend this book to all ages. So go out and buy this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson is about a young girl from China who comes to America and discovers freedoms, choices, and baseball. She is inspired by Jackie Robinson, the first ever black man to play in the big leagues. This was a touching tale of what it¿s like to come to America for the first time, but honestly, I thought it was just o.k. Although the author tries to use humor many times, there were only a few that even made me smile. It could have been better, but I must admit it could have been worse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jackie Robinson Review The book In the Year and The Boar and Jackie Robinson made me feel like I should learn more about my culture and that its hard for people when they come to a new country or state because they don¿t know how to speak that language very well. This book also made me feel like I should be nice to a person that does not know very much of that language and try to be friends with that person. In the Year and the Boar and Jackie Robinson made me a different person. How it made me a different person is that it made me feel like I should get to know a culture instead trying to make fun of that person just because of their culture. Everyone should read this book, it is the most fun and interesting book I have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I read this book in a literature class at school. At first it was really boring but then as I got into it it started to get better and better. This book shows that you should never make fun of anybody because of there race. It also shows that anybody can do anything they want to do. I would recommend this book to any age!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson is a wonderful book for all ages. It is very funny and also heart touching. You can like the Chinese culture and baseball and love this book as I did. Shirley doesn¿t fit in at first, but when her classmates get to know her she makes many friends. There are many problems in the story, buy Shirley seems to get through them very quickly. This book made me feel like learning more about Jackie Robinson and the Chinese culture. I also felt like reading it again. This book hit a grand slam in my heart!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my first I liked because I like to play Baseball and even people who dont like Baseball will adore this book I highly recomened it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it relly tought me about imigration and harship.This book is very important to me. this book made we want to be a charecter it made me want to be in that story. Al in al i think this book was awsome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson was a fantastic book! I loved reading it so much! It was about a Chinese girl who moves to America with her mother. She has a really hard time learning English and speaking it. At first she didn¿t have any friends, but then she played baseball. She loved playing it and listening to it on the radio. Then she makes a lot of friends. This was a heartwarming story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book I learned that it can be tough to come to a different state and can¿t talk the language. I learned that you can¿t judge a person by the way they look or talk. It matters what¿s on the inside. I think everyone should read this book