Testing the Ice Children's Book Review and Giveaway

It's no secret, Kaden loves to read. As a parent, it warms my heart to know that he is able to go on a new journey with each page that he turns in a book. Kaden loves books just as much as he loves toys. That is remarkable.

When we were given the opportunity to review Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, I did not hesitate at all.

Watch the video below to get a glimpse into what the book is all about:

When Kaden checks out a book from the public library, school, or purchases one from the store, I familiarize myself with the book by reading the background information (mainly for chapter books). I like to have an idea about the content of the book, and whether or not it is appropriate for him to read.

When Testing the Ice arrived in the mail, I was instantly enticed by the front cover. The picture was so detailed and vivid. I liked the raised detail in the wording on the front cover. I opened the book and began reading as if I was a 7-year old child again.

Without giving too much away, here is a summary of the book:
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.
Kaden took to the book immediately. Listen as he reads the first 2 pages of the book. He has a hard time pronouncing "Yogi Berra". Take a peek:

Not only are the pictures beautiful in this book, but the message is as well. Jackie Robinson stands heroic again with a message about facing your fears despite the hardships you may face.

Books are always a wonderful gift for any occasion. With the holidays approaching quickly, wouldn't it be wonderful to win your very own copy of this book?

Five lucky readers will win:
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There was no monetary compensation for this review, but the item(s) for review was/were provided free-of-charge. All opinions are solely those of the blog author, Keonte'.

Please read all the details carefully. This giveaway is scheduled to end Sunday, 11/29/2009 2009 at 12 noon EST. Please leave a comment for each entry you perform. Winner will be selected using Random.org, and contacted shortly afterward.. Winner has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. Please leave an email address if you are a non-blogger. Good Luck!

Big thanks to Big Honcho Media for the opportunity.

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