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Under the Same Sun, by Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson

Book Review: Under the Same Sun

Under the Same Sun, a true story of long-distance grandparenting by Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson, illustrated by award-winning artist, Ag Ford  |  


“We may be separated by land and sea, but we are always under the same sun.”

Under the Same Sun takes place in Tanzania, East Africa, where the author, Sharon Robinson, and her mother, widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson, travel to visit family and to celebrate Rachel Robinson’s 85th birthday. After sharing stories and getting reacquainted after the years and distance apart, “Grandmother Bibi” and “Auntie Sharon” are treated to a surprise: a safari in Serengeti National Forest. On their last day together, the family visits the ruins of an old slave port, where, in a bittersweet moment, Rachel’s seven African-born grandchildren discover their ancestors went by slave ship to America.

This beautifully narrated and illustrated children’s picture book is a joyful, inspiring, and poignant story about long-distance grandparenting, the importance of family, and knowing one’s heritage.

Sharon Robinson, author Under the Same Sun, with mother Rachel, widow of baseball legend Jackie Robinson

Click here to watch video of Sharon and Rachel Robinson discussing Under the Same Sun.


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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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