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March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World Hardcover – August 1, 2008

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Starred Review. Grade 1–4—How did the civil rights activist prepare what would become his most famous address? What was it like to be part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963? Dr. King's sister answers these questions, providing background about the organization of the march, a look at key events of the day, and insight into how King crafted the speech. Although he is depicted as older and more serious than the mischievous little boy portrayed in My Brother Martin (S & S, 2003), Farris's unique perspective on her subject continues to be compelling. She concentrates on the march and the effects of the speech. Some phrases in the text are printed in a larger font and in color, emphasizing important aspects and establishing an appealing rhythm for reading aloud. Ladd's acrylic paintings are an excellent accompaniment to the text. His use of color and varying perspectives creates a great deal of visual energy, extending the excitement of the event. An informative addition.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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This handsome picture book, told from the viewpoint of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s older sister, is a personal, celebratory account of the 1963 March on Washington. Farris tracks back to childhood, when she and her brother were raised to do good but not to brag about it. She also tells about the night before the march, when Dr. King stayed up to work on his speech until the very last minute, and a beautiful close-up portrait shows him, pen in hand, in his hotel room. The book’s main focus, though, is on the march itself. The author stayed with the King family in Atlanta and watched the events on TV, cheering every step of the way, and she describes with powerful detail the thousands who came, the leaders, the rights they fought for, and the power of their words. In his debut picture book, Ladd beautifully shows the historic crowd scenes and the portraits of King, the Big Six civil rights leaders, and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. A stirring, intimate view of a watershed moment. Grades 2-5. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545035376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545035378
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
March On! is an extremely moving read that beautifully conveys the importance and tone of August 28th, 1963 when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered one of the most notable and important speeches ever given. I loved all the addition information in the afterward and highly recommend that it be shared with students of all ages.
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March On! is a powerful book. Relating how a dream slowly gained reality and became a foundation for major changes in our country must be done over and over. Ms. King covers her subject in a very simple, yet very clear manner. She's written in a way that children can feel and comprehend what happened. Mr. Ladd's illustrations clearly depict the fears, emotions and awe of what happened on the day of the March. I recommend it for all school libraries. My 9 year old granddaughter was delighted to find a copy on the bookshelf at her school after she had read our copy. This history must be passed on to future generations.
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By kupkake on March 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for kids ,you can learn alot. It has really caught the attention of my son. He really enjoys reading this book.
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This is such a wonderful book to share with young children to educate them about all the things MLK stood for.
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