Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (A Big Words Book #1) (Paperback) | Northshire Bookstore

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (A Big Words Book #1) (Paperback)

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By Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
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With beautiful, bold collages the author and the illustrator tell us the story of Martin Luther King, primarily in his own words. The narrative is punctuated by quotes from Martin so you get the sense of his passion and the motivation behind his non-violent protests. This story is one we all know, but should continue to present to our children in all its various forms and levels. The illustrations in this particular incarnation are very important, because they represent a coming together of various materials and mediums, and they do so beautifully, giving each other a new meaning. Letting children see the words of the man himself rather than simply telling the story will bring the subject matter that much closer to them. By focusing on his accomplishments rather than his untimely and violent death, there is a sense of hope that is constant throughout the book. This book is stunning and thought provoking. — Jessica Wood


This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most beloved speeches to tell the story of his life and his work in a simple, direct way. Bryan Collier's stunning collage art combines remarkable watercolor paintings with vibrant patterns and textures. A timeline and a list of additional books and web sites help make this a standout biography of Dr. King.

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport has written numerous award-winning books for children, including Freedom Ship and The School Is Not White (both illustrated by Curtis James); Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book illustrated by Bryan Collier; and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon, also illustrated by Bryan Collier.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781423106357
ISBN-10: 1423106350
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 18th, 2007
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: A Big Words Book
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