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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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Tags:biography/picture book

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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (2007)



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Summary: The book is a quick overview of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's life. The book talks about Martins big words and they are not "big" words that some people might think. The big words are very meaningful.

Critique of Genre: Biography because the book tells true facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Age: Intermediate or older

Media: Paint and a colleague of painted pictures ( )
  elissamcgeever | Mar 24, 2017 |
In the book, Martin's Big Words becomes very significant and its importance is emphasized by the use of color and font. The illustrations are all important and every detail in each illustration should not be wasted. The end of the book highlights important dates of his life that was happening throughout the book. The different colored print and font size are Martin Luther King Jr.'s actual quotes. The illustrations along with the quote indicate powerful messages such as the illustration that has the "White Only" sign contradicts the quote, "You are as good as anyone". The colorful and bold quotes are inspirational and meaningful despite the conditions that people of color went through at the time. The illustrations are also beautifully detailed. The church sanctuary has intricate designs for its color glass windows and the texture of the different materials of clothing to signs are all displayed in a way for readers to understand the setting better. The dates at the end is a good clarification of the events that happened in King's lifetime and a good reminder of all the events that led to the freedom for the people of color that is seen in our society today. As the book discusses Martin's environment at the time and situations that inspired him to say such bold words helped me to realize that my words can have power and can be great. ( )
  sryoo1 | Mar 21, 2017 |
I liked this book for several reasons. First I liked the writing because it flows well from when Martin is little to the day he passes away. The book always relates back to when he was little and reading the sign "Whites Only" and then his mother reminding him, for example on page 2, "You are as good as anyone". With these memories, it sparks Martin's ambition to make peace in the world. I also liked the illustrations because it fits the written text. For example on the page of martin giving the speech on "I have a dream" and the illustration shows Martin holding his hand up, standing at a podium, and the American flag waving.The big idea of this book is for the reader to remember to stand up for themselves and things they believe it, and to always remember to fight with words not fists. ( )
  Jclark36 | Feb 26, 2017 |
This picture-book biography is an excellent introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world's most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  cartieraf1 | Feb 21, 2017 |
Summary: This lyrical book briefly explains the life Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from childhood to his fight for civil rights, and finally his death. The book uses direct quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and informs the readers what he fought for ad inspired others to fight for; love, peace, equality and to end segregation. After years of protest, segregation ended. Martin Luther King Jr. continued to help others protest and won the Nobel Peace Prize for teaching others to fight with words and not their fists. In the end, he was shot when he went to support the garbage collectors on strike, but his big words live with us today.

Personal Response: This book beautifully tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to young children. With beautiful images and a wonderful message of Martin Luther King Jr., the author and illustrators tell his story. It teaches children how life used to be for African Americans, and what Martin Luther King Jr. fought for. This story shares with the readers a beautiful message of diversity, acceptance, peace, and love.

Curriculum Connection: This book can be used in Pre-K-2nd-grade classrooms to teach children about Martin Luther King Jr., and people that fought for civil rights. It can be used in a Language Arts classroom to write about the students “dreams” and what they would like to do with their lives. It also is a great book to teach about diversity, difference, and similarities in people, especially for black history month. ( )
  ftakahashi | Feb 21, 2017 |
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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

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