Cathy Goldberg Fishman
Children's Book Author

When Jackie and Hank Met 
by Cathy Goldberg Fishman (Author), and Mark Elliot (Illustrator)
Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books.

Ages 7-10Two baseball heroes who battled hatred and prejudice met for the first time in an on-field collision. Jackie Robinson and Hank Greenberg were both determined to play baseball, and they both served in the armed forces in World War II. But dealing with racial and religious bigotry was the true common thread that wove through their lives. They faced restrictions on their freedom to live in certain neighborhoods, stay in hotels or join clubs. They heard threatening epithets and had objects thrown at them. When they collided at first base, the crowd shouted for them to fight, but they just got on with the game, and Greenberg had some words of sympathetic encouragement for Robinson. In their retirement years, they remained friendly, and both worked for equal rights in and out of baseball. Employing a matter-of-fact, conversational tone, Fishman tells the stories of their lives in tandem, stating the physical distances that separated them while emphasizing the similarities of their parallel struggles. History is contextualized in language and syntax that is accessible and straightforward. Elliott’s acrylics, softly tinted and framed in white, variously depict the two lives separately or in a split-screen format that complements not only the action, but the spirit of the work. A gentle and loving reminder that baseball mirrors society and can also transcend it.

     Booklist Online, February 2012

On Sukkot and Simchat Torah
by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
KarBen Publishing Company

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-5–A proud girl relates the busy goings-on around her house in preparation for two Jewish holidays that occur in the fall. More an explanation of the observances than a story, the book would be most useful in (non-Orthodox) Jewish schools or with children interested in learning about various religious and family rituals. The text is well written, and the general warmth of the family gatherings and pride of faith show through. Most touching is the scene of the narrator imagining her biblical ancestors sitting beside her in the outdoor sukkah as she eats at the table in the cool night breeze. The lovely, muted pastel illustrations are an excellent accompaniment to the lyrical text. There is a scarcity of childrens books dealing with these two celebrations, so it is a pleasure to see such a fine one.–Lisa Silverman, Sinai Temple Library, Los Angeles
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