Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

updated 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Frank and Ernest, the bear and elephant of all trades, take over a minor league team in Alexandra Day's appealing second book on their exploits. They spend most of their time learning baseball jargon. Some of it—"screaming meemie"—is dated. But happily not included among the terms they learn are arbitration, agent or lockout. (Scholastic, $12.95)


While Paul Bacon's illustrations are dull, there are also photos, and the story of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese is a noble baseball tale. Writer Peter Golenbock focuses on a game in Cincinnati early in 1947, Robinson's first year as a Dodger. The fans' abuse of Robinson was vicious, even by the standards of his experience as the majors' first black. Reese, a white Southerner, in the spring had refused to sign an anti-Robinson petition circulated by some teammates, saying, "I don't care if this man is black, blue or striped. He can play and he can help us win." Now, on a field not far from his hometown, Louisville, Ky., Reese called time amid the jeers, walked from his spot at shortstop to first base, where the stoic Robinson stood and—in what remains a moving image of racial harmony—put an arm across his teammate's shoulders, defiantly and reassuringly. (Gulliver/HBJ, $15.95)


The sweet little story by David Friend tells of a boy about 7 whose dad takes him to ball games, hockey games, soccer games. The endearing artwork by Rick Brown shows the two in cozy bliss—the kid never has to go to the bathroom, and Mom never butts in to ask why Dad never takes him to the art museum. (Viking, $12.95)

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