Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Under the Same Sun

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Review - Under the Same Sun

Under the Same Sun
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About the Book
Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson, shares an inspirational story about her family in Tanzania. AG Ford is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling artist and winner of the NAACP Award.

Auntie Sharon and Grandmother Bibi have come to visit the family in Tanzania--all the way from America! Soon it will be Bibi's 85th birthday, and her seven grandchildren are planning a big surprise!

After days together at home telling stories and filling gaps from the years spent apart, it's time to embark on their secret journey--a safari in Serengeti National Park. But too soon, it's their last day together. And in a bittersweet moment, at the ruins of an old slave port, Bibi's African-born grandchildren come to learn what happened to their ancestors who went by slave ship to America.

Sharon Robinson eloquently portrays the joys and pains of a family living on two continents. And she gives African-American history a powerful new perspective when seen through the eyes of modern-day African children. AG Ford's luminous oil paintings reflect all the warmth and spirit of this moving story.

My Take on the Book
Author Sharon Robinson, daughter of the famous baseball player Jackie Robinson, has written a beautiful story to be shared with your family. It is about her journey , with her mother Rachel, to Tanzania , Africa. Sharon and her mother were traveling to Africa to celebrate her mother's 85th birthday with her brother David, his wife, and their children.

By reading this story you will learn some interesting facts about Tanzania and the Robinson family. During their family visit , they were surprised by a trip to the Serengeti National Park for a safari. A.G. Ford's illustrations depict the visit so well.

You will learn about the old slave port of Bagamoyo. The Robinson's ancestors were captured and shipped to America from this port. They became workers in the Georgia cotton fields until slavery was outlawed.

This book could become a springboard for a discussion in your family about how your ancestors became Americans. No matter where they came from or where you live now, you were all UNDER THE SAME SUN.

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