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A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. [With Hardcover Book] (Picture Book Biography)

4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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As with Adler's previous books in this series, the picture-book format serves as a highly effective, empathetic way to introduce the life and legacy of important Americans to young children. Here the highlights of King's life are presented with an emphasis on his childhood and family. Children will immediately relate to his painful early experiences of racism and understand the genesis of his lifelong struggle for racial equality. The book portrays the hatred King endured, the horror of his assassination and the intense power of his message. A single-page list of important dates closes the book. Its most striking aspect is Casilla's evocative watercolor paintings, which expand the text while celebrating the man. Ages 4-9.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-The life and times of the noted civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Picture Book Biography
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY); Har/Cas edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874991668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874991666
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 15.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,730,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My five-year-old daughter was fascinated with this book even though it didn't include fairies, animals, or dinosaurs. I was very happy with the information they presented which gives some basic information about Dr. King while not treating his death in such a way that might overly upset sensitive children like mine. The illustrations are wonderfully done and my daughter looked them over carefully for a long time. It is a wonderful opportunity to launch more discussions about racism and the way we treat other people because of their gender, race, or religion.
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This book will be enjoyed by all students. It really speaks from the heart and instead of continually writing on all the negative stuff that authors seem to write on, i really think that Adler focused on writing on all the positive things that King did for the nation. The book was beautifully written.
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By A Customer on April 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The entire "A picture book of..." biography series byDavid Adler is outstanding. Perfect for lower elementary studentsdoing their first real report. Makes a great read-aloud for non-readers as they are easily completed in one sitting. They are loaded with information including a timeline of important dates. The illustrations in this book are not cartoon-like as in his other biographies of Washington or Lincoln, but are appealing to young children.
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Filled with teachings of peacefully protesting fair laws for all people, David
Adler gives us a picture book of Martin Luther King, Jr. In it, he shares the
early life of MLK Jr, his young experiences with racism and segregation and on
to his dreams as well as highlights some of his well-known protests. In these
protests, he speaks of a world free of hate, prejudice and violence.
This book is a great lesson in history for our children and also covers a few
other events in the plight for civil rights. Casilla's illustrations do a
decent job of giving us a pictorial view of the events chronicling King's life.
Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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Nicely done book. My kindergartner is very interested in history and so when he wanted to know what MLK day was about, I went searching for a book that could tell him. We had gotten a different one last year that was just excerpts of his speeches. This one is much better at giving overview of Dr. King's life and work.
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My husband is a special education teacher. He bought this to present to his students. It does a great job at giving special education students access to the content that other students will get from longer stories about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is very easily readable, and it has great illustrations to depict the way Martin Luther King's life was during the time of the civil rights movements. His students really enjoyed the text and illustrations, and the book also provided them with a very convenient timeline of the important dates of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. My husband and I will be added this book to our daughters' book collection for when they are older.
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Filled with teachings of peacefully protesting fair laws for all people, David
Adler gives us a picture book of Martin Luther King, Jr. In it, he shares the
early life of MLK Jr, his young experiences with racism and segregation and on
to his dreams as well as highlights some of his well-known protests. In these
protests, he speaks of a world free of hate, prejudice and violence.
This book is a great lesson in history for our children and also covers a few
other events in the plight for civil rights. Casilla's illustrations do a
decent job of giving us a pictorial view of the events chronicling King's life.
Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
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Was looking for a simple way to explain the purpose and vision of MLK. I wanted to help my kids understand meaning behind each holiday and coming from a minority background myself, this was especially important. So glad we've come a long way from these days that MLK endured!

This was perfect for my 5 year old and gets across the message. Graphics are basic but good enough and story easy to follow.
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