Reviews for What Was Your Dream, Dr. King? : And Other Questions About Martin Luther King, Jr.


Booklist Reviews 2013 March #2
The question-and-answer format in these books in the Good Question! series mimics the way children ask about a given subject. The questions are related to a general topic but do not follow a linear or chronological narrative. They also vary widely in scope. The format feels a bit forced in What Was Your Dream, Dr. King?, where the questions Carson poses tend to be on the narrow end, from "What kind of doctor was Dr. King?" and "Did kids protest for civil rights, too?" to "How did civil rights workers protest peacefully?" The answers, usually one to three paragraphs long, provide a digestible level of information and detail. Although the answers to very specific questions sometimes touch on larger issues, they tend to stay focused on the particulars of the matter at hand. The illustrations feel a bit younger than the text but depict the subject matter appropriately and engagingly. A time line at the end of each book sums up the material. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Using a question-and-answer format, Carson relates the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s contributions to the civil rights movement. Brief but sufficient explanations are given to questions related to segregation, nonviolent protests, the March on Washington, the importance of Dr. King's philosophy, his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, and his assassination. Illustrations accompany the insightful text. Timeline.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 October
These books provide solid information about historical events and figures through a creative question and answer format. Answers vary in length with some being more detailed than others, but the authors did a nice job of providing the information succinctly so even the most reluctant reader would not find it intimidating. The table of contents directs readers to specific questions, but they may be confused as not all the topics discussed in the books are expressed in the questions being asked; the topic may be discussed in the answer section. Each book has a combination of illustrations and photographs which add to the information. A timeline of events is included, as well as a website and further reading about the topic. Elyse DeQuoy, School Librarian, D.G. Cooley Elementary School, Berryville, Virginia. RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 May

Gr 4-7--Arranged in a question-and-answer format, these books offer concise, accessible, comprehensive looks at important eras and events in U.S. history. Both titles have richly colored, detailed illustrations and photographs; maps; time lines; and large, clear print. Tables of contents are set up as a series of questions, such as, "Did Dr. King have kids?" "What happened to Dr. King?" "How did Hitler become so powerful?" "Why did Japan attack its neighbors?" The answers are worded in kid-friendly language that provides enough detail to explain the complexities of the era or person.--Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID

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