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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

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Title:Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Authors:Doreen Rappaport
Other authors:Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 40 pages
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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (2007)



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This is a great book to introduce children to the powerful message of Martin Luther King Jr. The pictures are beautiful and the words are simple enough for all to understand. I like the use of call-out text to emphasize his message and "big words." I read it to several classes, Pre-K through 1st and they all found it interesting and inspiring. ( )
  Tessa.Johnson | Jan 10, 2017 |
This book is about Martin Luther King Jr.'s life as he grew from a boy into a man. The book uses powerful words to tie in quotes directly from Mr. King. The book's use of powerful statements makes it a great read to use to introduce students to Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. The illustrations are done in a collage and watercolor style that enhance the story. I would use this book as introducation to a unit based on the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King's life. Students could also think about powerful words that they use in their daily lives to compare to the words used by Mr. King.
  LaurenBrow | Dec 8, 2016 |
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  lmguest | Dec 7, 2016 |
This non-fiction book is about Martin Luther King's life and how he grew up. It talks about how he came to want to fight for the people and fight for love. I would use this book to teach students about Martin Luther King during February. It would make a great mentor text.
  arikacosta | Dec 6, 2016 |
Martin's Big Words is a book about Martin Luther King, JR's life. Where he came from, and how he felt about equality. It talks about his journal to make a difference in the world by choosing love over violence. He used his voice to make a difference rather than his fist. He never gave up helping people until he was shot in Memphis, Tennessee. Where he died, but his words live on.

This is a biography of Martin Luther King's JR's life. It written in my opinion in a great way. It is not simply giving students facts that they are to write down, but explaining his life using pictures and words. The book is very easy to follow along and is perfect for any grade in elementary. Throughout the whole book they put quotes that Martin directly said in bigger letters then the rest of the words. For example, on page 18 it says, "Remember, if I am stopped, this movement will not be stopped, because God is with this movement." His words being in bigger letters will stick out to the readers and help them remember them better.

The teacher could make a collage of Martin's words from the book as the class reads it out loud. At the end of the book look back at all Martin had to say. Then the teacher can hang it on the wall as a reminder that everyone can make a difference in this world.
The teacher can print out certain words from the book, like love, protest, everyone, hate, and separate. Once printed out hand a copy to each of the students. The students will then have to raise that word up when they hear it in the story. It makes the students stay involved in the reading, and also helps the teacher see who is paying attention.

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Reading/writing - The teacher can read other segregation books and have the class compare and contrast the different books
- The teacher could have the students write about ways that they can make a difference in today's world.
- The teacher can focus on certain words from the book and help the students understand segregation more.
  Kim_Brewer2017 | Aug 27, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786807148, Hardcover)

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

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