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Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X Hardcover – January 7, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144241216X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442412163
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4–7—The author of this handsome, inspirational offering is Malcolm X's daughter-an educator, activist, and motivational speaker. Though the book does provide anecdotes from the subject's childhood, it is largely the story of Malcolm's parents, Earl and Louise Little, and how they helped shape their son's character and ideology. His mother was part of the Marcus Garvey movement and was dedicated to the idea of international freedom and equality. His father was an impassioned speaker: "his words had the power to move people, to make them laugh, cry, feel, and think." At the age of four, Malcolm and his family watched their house burn at the hands of people who disagreed with the family's beliefs. While young Malcolm is described as a mischievous prankster from a large, close-knit family, the haunting fire and traumatic events that followed left him "sad, lonely confused…broken." Still, Malcolm's story ends triumphantly in the seventh grade when he, the only African American at school, is elected class president. Ford's oil paintings are accomplished and historically accurate; images of the Littles courting and Earl preaching are painterly and realistic while images of the Little children are more stylized. Dense pages of text make this offering more suitable for upper-elementary or middle-school students.—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools

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"The childhood of the controversial African-American activist was shaped by parental love and white racism.

Writing with the fervor and intensity of a motivational speaker, Shabazz recounts her father’s early years, which were filled with the loving support and teachings of his parents as well as the hate and destruction of the Ku Klux Klan.... With the passion of a preacher, she celebrates love, respect, tolerance and education without restraint.... Ford’s oil paintings, framed on the page, are lush and filled with detail.

A daughter’s proud...tribute to her father and his parents." (Kirkus Reviews, November 2013)

"Shabazz (Growing Up X) pays affectionate tribute to her father, Malcolm X, and his parents in this account of the activist’s childhood.... Shabazz relays...Malcolm’s resolve to succeed and remain true to his parents’ values after he loses his father “to the brute force of racism and the narrow-mindedness of the Ku Klux Klan,” and his mother is deemed “no longer fit to care for her children.” Ford’s (My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) oil paintings render joyous and desolate moments with equal skill." (Publishers Weekly, October 2013)

"The author of this handsome, inspirational offering is Malcolm X’s daughter–an educator, activist, and motivational speaker. . . . Ford’s oil paintings are accomplished and historically accurate." (School Library Journal, January 2014)

"Before he became the black nationalist leader known as Malcolm X , Malcolm Little was a boy who loved fishing and butterflies. His daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, aided by AG Ford's vivid paintings, outlines a childhood marked by love and tragedy." (Usa Today, February 2014)

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I recommend this book for kids 8-13.
By Deshawn Simmons
Great book to introduce young people to a very important man.
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Great untold story of Malcolm as a young boy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sir Charles D on February 13, 2014
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Great untold story of Malcolm as a young boy. I loved it ! Told by his daughter, this book sheds light on how Malcolm grew into a great leader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By By Deshawn Simmons on February 1, 2014
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I like this book. The reason I like it's because In am creating a social studies project and this book definitely made it easier for me to understand Malcolm X `s life. I recommend this book for kids 8-13. Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Such a beautiful yet sorrowful tale of a family that loved boundlessly yet was torn apart by racism and ignorance. Author and daughter of the famous Civil Rights activist Malcolm X, shows a portion of his life that few know of. Whether or not you agreed with his politics, reading about his childhood will give people insight into why he made the choices he did. This is a touching tribute to her father, a man who fought for equality.

My favorite portion of the story was hearing about the lessons Malcolm’s mother would sprinkle into everyday chores ”Louise knew that words had the power to move people, to make them laugh, cry, feel and think. But most important, she knew that the more words you learned, the better you could communicate, and the more in life you could create. She firmly believed that knowledge acquired today would transform into wisdom tomorrow.”
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Great book to introduce young people to a very important man. I bought this book for my 7 year old son. I learned things I did not know about Malcolm as I read to my son. The book explores difficult and universal concepts in an age appropriate and child friendly way while staying true to history. A little repetitive at times, but overall a great read that will remain a part of our library.
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By Debra Lundy on June 4, 2014
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Brought it for my Grandson we read it. Together he loved it so did I. I met the real Malcolm X
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By Mike Carter on May 11, 2014
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Finally, I am so glad that Malcolm is put into perspective by his daughter and to see how he has influenced America and the worlds view on how we should treat each other better. His parents taught his the lessons that laid a foundation for him to overcome obstacles and thrive towards achievement. Recommended read for every young African American kid today and should be on every birthday and holiday list as a gift.
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By Brian Mosley on May 1, 2014
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Great book. I read it with my seven year old. Provide some good father and son bonding time with a bit of interesting discussion.
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