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 Martin's big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Big words series)
 Author: Rappaport, Doreen

 Publisher:  Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Paperbacks For Children (2007)

 Dewey: 323
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 29 cm.

 BTSB No: 739648 ISBN: 9780786807147
 Ages: 6-10 Grades: 1-5

 King, Martin Luther, -- Jr., -- 1929-1968
 Civil rights workers
 African Americans -- Biography

Price: $16.29

Focuses on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Illustrator: Collier, Bryan

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 57412
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.50
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 27325

 Caldecott Honor, 2002
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, 2002

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   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/01)
   School Library Journal (+) (10/01)
   Booklist (+) (10/01/01)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (01/02)
 The Hornbook (+) (01/02)

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Bulletin for the Center... - 01/01/2002 January 15th. King’s Birthday. School’s off—an honor only conferred upon the memory of our country’s most distinguished movers, shakers, and shapers. While middle- and high-schoolers can appreciate Dr. King’s groundbreaking strategies and accomplishments, primary graders are likely to conflate his national holiday with Veterans’ Day, Labor Day, Presidents’ Day—days that seem to invoke adult solemnity but overlook kid-pleasing rituals involving food and gifts. Unlocking for action-hungry youngsters the significance of a life based on peace, fortitude, and self-control is an undeniable challenge, but Rappaport and Collier have found the key, and it’s “big.” “Big” is one of the earliest deposits in a child’s word bank. It’s infused with awe. It’s what adults are and kids want to be. It’s everything kids sense to be important, but it’s difficult or impossible to articulate. It’s a blessedly easy word to read. Rappaport uses the concept to forge an empathic connection between King and her audience, introducing him as a little guy who grasped the power of the hymns, Bible readings, and preaching of his minister father and predicted with fumbling and startling insight, “When I grow up, I’m going to get big words, too.” Throughout this title everything about King’s words is, figuratively and literally, big. Each spare box of text offers a few lines of biographical detail or historical background, simply and cogently stated for very young listeners, and concludes with an impassioned King quote dominating the page in oversized type: “White ministers told [the marchers] to stop. Mayors and governors and police chiefs and judges ordered them to stop. . . .‘Wait! For years I have heard the word “Wait!” We have waited more than three hundred and forty years for our rights’”; “Some black Americans wanted to fight back with their fists. Martin convinced them not to. . . . ‘Love is the key to the problems of the world.’” With King’s words looming larger than life, Collier supplies the concrete visual imagery to connect potent ideas with an unintimidating, flesh-and-blood man. A life-sized portrait of King, wide-mouthed and crinkly-eyed in a hearty laugh, greets children from the wordless cover. Warm-toned, symbol-rich collage (Collier discusses several of his visual metaphors in an opening note) portrays King in a range of emotions—a little boy tense with resentment upon discovering a “Whites Only” drinking fountain, a gentle minister leaning intimately over the pulpit toward his congregation, a mournful victim kneeling before the flames of his burning home, a thundering orator with an outstretched arm signifying the breadth of his famous “dream.” Recurring images of United States flags and stained-glass windows convey, perhaps more succinctly than words, the political and spiritual energies that powered King’s life. A child-oriented bibliography of books and websites, source notes for quotations, and a list of important dates in King’s life hint that even the very young might be required to approach Dr. King as a research subject. This title fairly demands to be read aloud, though, as a bravura solo performance, in tandem voices for narrative and quotations, or perhaps even in chorus. This is powerful stuff, big stuff, and children privileged to share Martin’s Big Words with classmates or family will begin to understand that January 15th isn’t just another day off. - Copyright 2002 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

School Library Journal - 10/01/2001 Gr 3-5-Collier combines his distinctive watercolor-and-collage art with Rappaport's uncluttered text to sum up King's life and work. Each two-page spread begins with a short paragraph about King and his crusade for civil rights, followed by a powerful sample of his own words set in oversized, boldface type. Both portions of the succinct text work together to emphasize the leader's courage, commitment, and, ultimately, sacrifice without sensationalizing his death. King's assassination during the 1968 Memphis garbage strike is summed up in just two short sentences: "On his second day there, he was shot. He died." The book concludes with a reassuring reminder that his words are immortal. Rappaport advises readers to use "Martin Luther King" as the search term to find more than 200 Web sites dedicated to King and the civil rights movement. Both author and illustrator preface the book with brief notes to explain specific aspects of King's life and death that inspired them in their collaboration. The result is a stunning, reverent tribute.-Catherine Threadgill, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. - Copyright 2001 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 10/01/2001 *Starred Review* Remember if I am stopped, this movement will not be stopped, because God is with this movement. Weaving in Dr. King's own big words, this inspiring picture-book biography celebrates the great leader as preacher and politician. Rappaport's spare narrative captures the essentials of the man, the movement he led, and his policy of nonviolence. Only in the case of Rosa Parks is the glimpse too simplistic, presenting her as an individual who refused to give up her seat on the bus, rather than as the political activist she was. Collier's collage art is glorious. Combining cut-paper, photographs, and watercolor he expresses his own Christian faith and King's power to make many different things one. Stained glass windows are the dominant images, not only in the many church scenes, but also in the play of shape, light, and color in the realistic views of the city. With powerful art and pulsing words (He walked with them and talked with them and sang with them and prayed with them), this is a fine book to share and read aloud many times. - Copyright 2001 Booklist.

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