Martin’s Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This picture-book biography is a wonderful and accessible introduction for young readers to be informed about one of the vital world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a fascinating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed The us-and the world-perpetually. In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., creator Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King’s own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the vital world’s greatest civil rights leaders. From King’s youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed at some point to “get big words, too,” to his death at a garbage workers’ strike (“On his second day there, he used to be 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 one of the vital 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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