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The Cart That Carried Martin Hardcover – August 1, 2013

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*Starred Review* Short on text but long on symbolic meaning and emotional impact, this offers up something far different than a typical biography, with its stunning recollection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral procession through Atlanta. The caisson that carried King’s body was a simple wooden cart “borrowed” from a closed antique store, hastily painted, and attached to two young mules. Disarming in its ordinariness, this cart carried King for three miles, winding its way through the streets of Atlanta to Ebenezer Baptist Church, past the Georgia State Capitol building, where onlookers sang “We Shall Overcome,” and on to the quad at Morehouse College. Tate’s watercolors take on an ever-wider scope as the crowd of mourners swells, but they’re worthy of careful attention, too, as details of King’s life and work are alluded to throughout. They perfectly complement Bunting’s straightforward but elegant narrative; together, they support quite a bit of symbolism while maintaining a strong sense of realism. This inspired title could be the impetus for countless important discussions about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, both of which began small but grew into remarkable historical forces. Grades 1-4. --Erin Anderson

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written more than two hundred books for young readers, including THE BABY SHOWER, THE WEDDING, and SMOKY NIGHT, the winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal. Her books are often about important social issues. Born in Ireland, she now lives in California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580893872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580893879
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. A. Sorenson on December 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A well intentioned book by one of my favorite authors, but one that I believe should be recalled by the publisher for editing. Specifically it states that " each slave got a mule and forty acres when he was freed." This simply isn't true, and could in fact lead a child or parent to believe that slaves were fairly compensated upon emancipation and the conclusion that they had no claims upon slaveowners or the goverment for further reparations. One can imagine the descendants of poor non-slaves saying "we didn't get anything, look what they got-- so why are they still complaining?"

Please note that this book is non-fiction. As such the writer, the editor and the publisher have an obligation to fact check. And the truth is that while a small number of slaves were compensated with land through, for example, Sherman's Special Field Orders # 15, most were not.
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I'm sure glad that there were quotation marks around the word "borrowed" because plain and simple, that wagon was stolen from in front of Cook's Antiques. My husband's family owned that old farm wagon and his family was never contacted about the wagon until after it was returned. There was plenty of time to contact the Cooks, as the Cooks only lived a few blocks away from the antique shop, but it seems that it is always easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission.

Then for those men to paint something that did NOT belong to them is outrageous. Just plain wrong.

I'm glad that a book was written about the wagon but I'm distressed that the book didn't come right out and say, "The men stole the wagon but later returned it." Our children are getting the message that it's okay to do something that is wrong, that is against the law, if their motives/intentions are good. Please authors when you write a book, don't whitewash the truth so that it justifies the actions, even when that action is wrong.
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I loved this book, particularly as a way to share Martin Luther King with younger children who may be sensitive to the more troubling issues that surrounded him - this story lifted up his spirit and heart, his love for the poor and for nonviolence, and showed the loyalty and love that so many had for him, while not getting too deep into the violence of the times, or even explaining very much about racism (There is a time for teaching/discussing that, but I think some of those things would be very troubling for a preschooler for example). I left out the line about the mules after reading the comments here about it being inaccurate. The rest of the book, I really treasured and my kids seemed to understand for the first time why Dr. King is so important.
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A fascinating look into a little-known aspect of history. With sparse, lyrical prose, Bunting tells the story of a cart that was transformed into an important part of MLK's funeral procession. Poignant and compelling.
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Very good condition. Very pleased with this purchase.
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