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Martin's Big Words...and More Stories from the African-American Tradition (Scholastic Video Collection)

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Rich in culture and history, the pride of the African-American tradition comes alive in these award-winning stories. MARTIN'S BIG WORDS (By Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Bryan Collier, Narrated by Michael Clarke Duncan) Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to life in this prfound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart. JOHN HENRY (By Julius Lester, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson) Based on the famous African-American folk ballad, this story tells of the legendary contest between a spirited man with a hammer and a steam drill to build a tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. SEVEN CANDLES FOR KWANZAA (By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Narrated by Alfre Woodard) This unique African-American holiday commemorates the strength of family ties, respect for ancestors, commitment to the growth of community, and gratitude for life’s bounties. DVD Features: 2 Extra Bonus Stories Exclusive to DVD: "Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa" and "Duke Ellington" by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; Read Along; Interactive Menus; Story Selection; Auto-Play

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  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000BB153E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. Campbell VINE VOICE on January 23, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I don't often recommend a DVD over a book, but after showing this once again to grades 3-5 without so much as a peep from one kid lends testimony to just how powerful and moving this version of Martin's Big Words is. As seen in the sample provided, church organ music plays as a back drop to the historical events of the Civil Rights Movement in which King bravely led the way. Much of the book directly quotes King.

If you prefer to read the book, by all means please read it. At the end of the book version, Martin's I Have A Dream speech is quoted. On the DVD version, it's King, himself, speaking those amazingly powerful words that resonate so powerfully even today. My students sat transfixed and that just doesn't ever happen.

I know that there are other stories on this DVD, and I'm sorry to say, I haven't watched, or shown, those. It's worth purchasing just for the King book alone.
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