- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Lexile Measure: 410 (What's this?)
- Series: Big Words
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Reprint edition (December 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423106350
- ISBN-13: 978-1423106357
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Paperback – December 18, 2007
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In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King's own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world's greatest civil rights leaders. From King's youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed one day to "get big words, too," to his death at a garbage workers' strike ("On his second day there, he was shot. He died."), Rappaport imbues the story with reverence.
Acclaimed artist Bryan Collier depicts his subject with stunning watercolor and collage illustrations, balancing glorious recreations of stained glass windows with some of the more somber images of peace marchers and the famous bus that pitched Rosa Parks into the civil rights movement. A brief chronology and bibliography provide additional resources for readers. Here is an exquisite tribute to a world hero. (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
This picture-book biography provides an ideal introduction to this leader and his works. Juxtaposing original text with quotes from King's writing and speeches, Rappaport's (Escape from Slavery) narrative offers a pastiche of scenes from King's life, beginning with his childhood experience of seeing "White Only" signs sprinkled throughout his hometown. He questions his mother about their meaning, and she assures him, "You are as good as anyone." Listening to his father preach, the boy asserts that "When I grow up, I'm going to get big words, too." Rappaport also touches upon King's role in the Montgomery bus strike that followed Rosa Park's 1955 arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger and his subsequent efforts as a civil rights crusader. After briefly describing the circumstances of his death, the story concludes, quite abruptly, with the statement, "His big words are alive for us today." The author relies on her subject's own words, and his power, passion and pacifism shine through. Collier's (Uptown) striking watercolor and cut paper collage art feature closely focused, lifelike images of King and other individuals against an inventive montage of patterns and textures. The portraits of King exude his spiritual strength and peaceful visage. In the background of some scenes are intricate recreations of stained glass windows, which, Collier explains in an introductory note, he interprets as a metaphor for King's life. An elegant, understated pictorial biography. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
All of sudden, the beauty of the drawings and the words took on a new meaning -- this is a book that paints the Civil Rights movement as one of the black people, by the black people and for the black people. The true strength of the movement came from the participation, sacrifice, and yes deaths, of men, women and children of all races and creeds. And if a 3-year-old notices it, something must be wrong.
Is this book a wonderful idea -- yes. Does it paint an accurate picture of the Civil Rights Movement -- no. Are these complaints too subtle -- absolutely not. The devil, my friends, is in the details!
Now I want to buy a copy for every kid (and adult) I know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book brought me and several students to tears while I read it to them. The fact that third graders felt such a connection speaks volumes about this book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amanda N. Thomas
This was an outstanding introduction to very challenging topics. My four year old daughter was engrossed. Read morePublished 2 days ago by April
This is a great book. Beautifully illustrated. My 7 year old son loves it.Published 8 months ago by CatherineP
Used it in SS class for 3-7 year old boys. Paraphrased it for younger ones. Nice.Published 10 months ago by Jane M. Mitchell