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Martin’s Big Words

by Doreen Rappaport illustrated by Bryan Collier


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    • Grades: 1 - 3
    • Ages: 6 - 8
    Caldecott Honor ; Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
    • Format: Paperback Book
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A soulful book with an empowering message, this introductory biography offers an uplifting look at how Dr. King used his big ideas and his voice in the struggle for civil rights.

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When Martin Luther King was young, he was surrounded by small, hurtful words. Words like white only and separate. He knew that when he grew up he wanted to use big words like the ones he read in the Bible and the ones his father preached. Words like freedom, together, peace, and love.

And that's just what he did. Dr. King became a minister like his father. He talked, prayed, and marched with his community. Politicians, policemen, and judges ordered him to stop, but Dr. King's message of racial tolerance and togetherness could not be silenced by threats of jail, violence, or even death.

The illustrations in this award-winning book have an openness that draws readers in, as the images seem almost to be lit from within. Excerpts from Dr. King's own speeches and letters enlarge the story, allowing readers to fully appreciate the impact of his immortal words.

This inspirational book recalls Dr. King's powerful ideas of love and freedom, and the words he used to sound the call for equality.

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Product Details

    • Grades: 1 - 3
    • Ages: 6 - 8
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 9" x 10"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-439-39004-0

Editorial Reviews

"It's an homage in words and pictures."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The portraits of King exude his spiritual strength and peaceful visage….An elegant, understated pictorial biography."
Publishers Weekly