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Farris's stirring memoir of her younger brother "M.L." focuses on a pivotal moment in their childhood in Atlanta. The conversational narrative easily and convincingly draws readers into the daily life of Christine and her two brothers, M.L. and A.D., as they listen to their grandmother's stories, stage pranks and romp in the backyard with two white brothers from across the street. The adults in the King family-Daddy, a minister; Mother Dear, a musician; maternal grandparents (the grandfather is also a minister) and a great-aunt-try to shield the children from the overt racism of the times; the family rarely took streetcars, for example, because of "those laws [segregation], and the indignity that went with them." When the white boys announce one day that they cannot play with M.L. and A.D. because they are "Negroes," the young Kings are hurt and baffled. Mother Dear explains, "[Whites] just don't understand that everyone is the same, but someday, it will be better." M.L. replies, "Mother Dear, one day I'm going to turn this world upside down." Soentpiet (Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor) illustrates this exchange with a powerful watercolor portrait of mother and son that encapsulates many emotions, including hope, pain and love. Unfortunately, in other paintings, the characters often seem frozen in exaggerated poses, or minor figures are rendered with less skill than demonstrated elsewhere. These inconsistencies detract from an otherwise gripping volume that makes the audience aware that heroes were once children, too. All ages.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 2-4-In the straightforward style of a master storyteller, Farris recalls the birth of her two younger brothers and relates anecdotes that demonstrate both the mischievous exploits of the siblings and the love and understanding that permeated the close-knit multigenerational family in which they grew up. Using plain language, she describes conditions in the South during her childhood that separated blacks and whites- "Because they just don't understand that everyone is the same, but someday, it will be better." From their father's church sermons and his actions when confronting the hatred and bigotry, the children learned the importance of standing up for justice and equality. The warmth of the text is exquisitely echoed in Soentpiet's realistic, light-filled watercolor portraits set in the King home, in their Atlanta neighborhood, and at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The simple directness of this short biography will help young children understand the concept of segregation and the importance of Dr. King's message. An appended poem by Mildred D. Johnson reflects Farris's own message: "-it is important for young people to realize the potential that lies within each of them-." This outstanding book belongs in every collection.
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 6
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689843879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689843877
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is an easy read aloud, and informative.
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Perfect for them to really understand the pain and confusion that MLK and his siblings felt when their wonderful family could no longer shield them from segregation.
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I bought this book to give to my 9 year old grandson for Christmas.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE this book. It is a well-written, personal account of a family. It spans from fun carefree days to the realization of prejudice. It is not about the man, it is about the boy. It was not graphic in it's description of violence and hatred, which made it completely appropriate for my six year old (who also really enjoyed the book). And the poem at the end was the perfect ending. GET THIS BOOK!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jeannie chang on February 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book because whenever i read a biogaphy I always want to hear from someone who really knew the person and in this book by Martin Luther King's sister, Christine King Farris, I get that perspective. Farris writes beautifully and poetically about their childhood and sheds light on the experiences and influences that shaped MLK to be the great inspirational leader that he was. I highly recommend this wonderful biography!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2003
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This is a straight forward, compassionate, informational story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. His sister tells their story simply and provides perspective where Martin Luther King Jr. got many of his ideas and courage - from his dad! It is a quiet appreciation for the life the family led. I really appreciated the story and it brings a new more realistic meaning to King's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse A. Nisson on June 7, 2007
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Love this book..... so well done... A++ to the seller too for fast shipping !
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In this outstanding book written by King's older sister, we see Martin Luther King as a mischievous young boy, not wanting to practice the piano, surrounded by a warm and loving well-educated family who tried to shield their children from the worst of segregation. Dr. King's father, stood up to the worst of the bigotry of that time, and the young King learns the importance of standing up for justice and equality. A powerful book that can be easily understood by elementary school-aged children.
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Perfect for them to really understand the pain and confusion that MLK and his siblings felt when their wonderful family could no longer shield them from segregation. The exquisite illustrations, combined with the very moving and straightforward narrative, will go straight to your heart. When he said what he said to his mother, I swear I got goosebumps. I am so grateful to his sister for sharing her and ML's and AD's childhood with the world.
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I bought this book to give to my 9 year old grandson for Christmas. It came yesterday and I was curious to see if I could learn anything I didn't already know about Martin Luther King. It was very interesting and written to encourage children to live and work to achieve their dreams. Such an enjoyable and easy read. Very well written.
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This book is a personal account by Dr. King's sister about growing up with the future trailblazer. It is an easy read aloud, and informative. Good primary source and a great starting place for some good prewriting activities, as well as more detailed writing activities. Nice book.
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