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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (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



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This is a good biography of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Everywhere in Martins hometown was white only signs. Every time Martin seen one though, he remembered what his mother had told him and that is "you are as good as anyone." Martin grew up and became a Minister like his father. Rosa Park was arrested because she said no to a white man. In the next ten years, Black Americans all over the South protested for equal rights. They were jailed and beaten, but kept doing it. Many threatened to kill Martins family. After ten years, the law makers in Washington voted to end segregation. The white only signs came down and in April 1968 Martin died.

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This book was very good. It made me understand Martins life better than I have before, so I know reading it in a classroom the children will have a better understanding of Martin Luther King, than just reading it in a text book.

Classroom Extension:
1. Read this when discussing Martin Luther King Jr.
2. Have them write how they would have felt if they were in Martins shoes.
  olivialawson | Apr 12, 2014 |
This book takes you through the life and adventures of Martin Luther King Jr. It shows how courageous and loving of a person he was to others, and how that love can drive out hate.

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I likes this book a lot. I think it is good for children to know about him and how he changed things. But, this book put it simple ways for kids to understand.
1. Read this on Martin Luther king jr day.
2. Read this when teaching kids about everyone is treated equally.
  kristendickerson | Apr 3, 2014 |
The book, Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is an informative biography accompanied with wonderful illustrations. First, I love how the author used text features on each page to enhance important quotes. The author uses color and bold font to highlight necessary information. On one page, the author uses clear concise language, and the use of text features to describe southern towns. “White only” is bolded and in all caps to capture the reader’s attention. The quote on this page reads, “You are as good as anyone.” Second, the illustrations are beautiful. Each illustration really enhances the story, and adheres to the mood of the story. The illustrations are realistic, but historic looking. Finally, this book pushes readers to think about tough issues and broadens their perspectives. The big idea of this story is to relay information about Martin Luther King Jr, but the message is about tolerance and acceptance. People should not give up, and follow their dreams. ( )
  esiera1 | Mar 18, 2014 |
This is a great informational book about Martin Luther King Jr. I really liked how the author made the reader aware of how Martin felt, by saying, “this made Martin feel…” This allows the book to be read to young children because they do not have to infer. I liked how even though this story is about a harsh time, the author includes things that Martin did enjoy, and made him happy. “In church, Martin sang hymns, he read from the bible, he listened to his father preach. These words made him feel good.” I think there are two big ideas in this book. The first big idea is that anyone can make a difference. In the book, Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted, “Everyone can be great.” The other big idea in this book is love. The author includes examples of fights won without violence. There are even quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. about the importance of love, “Hate is cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” ( )
  kjacks26 | Mar 17, 2014 |
Doreen Rappaport writes in an informal style. She uses simple sentences that make a strong point. The text is clear and concise, using minimal words to express an accurate overview of MLK Jr.'s life. She uses words of Martin Luther King to evoke emotion and empathy from the reader. The text of these quotes are larger, thus highlighting the importance and focusing the reader's attention on these impacting words. I love how the first quote is, “You are as good as anyone.” It is one MLK Jr. is recalling his mother saying. I feel that this quote helps set an uplifting and hopeful tone to a story of history that was violent and unhappy.
Rappaport uses powerful vocabulary and appropriate vocabulary. She writes about segregation, civil rights, equality, peace, and protest, but does this in a way that is appropriate for young children. She takes accurate historical information and writes them in her own words in a way children can understand. She uses short, simple sentences to show important moments from MLK Jr.'s childhood to his death. This is a great book for engaging children in critical thinking discussions.
  jenniferflowers | Mar 17, 2014 |
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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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