Reviews for Martin Luther King, Jr.


Booklist Reviews 2013 February #1
This Level 3 reader begins with just the right question for the intended audience: Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Then, young readers are asked to imagine living in a time when black and white children couldn't swim in the same pools or attend the same schools. In nine sections (not numbered), the book, in bright visuals and engaging text, offers up information about Dr. King's childhood, his studies, and, of course, his work on behalf of equal rights. There are 8 Awesome Facts about Dr. King, including this impressive stat: he gave 2,500 speeches during the last 11 years of his life. The large typeface and varied sentence structure is ideal for emergent readers, and the text is broken up frequently by stirring period photos, words to know, and a time line. A concluding quiz tests comprehension, and a pictorial glossary will help reinforce vocabulary. A graphically engaging introduction to a visionary who, luckily, left us his words to remember him by. This also offers kids the opportunity to become a Super Reader via an online rewards program. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
These easy-reader biographies cover major life events: birth, schooling, and adult accomplishments. Lincoln is geared toward newly independent readers; King provides more detail for confident readers. In both, simple sentences and vocabulary along with plenty of text boxes, photos, and archival images make for an energetic if busy design. King includes an index. Timeline. Glos.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 November/December
This brief biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. presents information about his life and relates these facts to the civil rights movement. Illustrated with many photos, the book includes seldom-mentioned facts about King, his family, and incidents from his early life. Words related to the civil rights movement are explained on related pages, and a simple timeline features highlights from his life. The book also includes a glossary illustrated with color photos, and a brief quiz. This biography is easy to understand and visually appealing. Although brief, it would prove interesting and informative for many readers. There are very few books about Martin Luther King that are as accessible to younger students as this one, yet it is not too simple. It will get a great deal of use in any elementary library. Gail Faughn, Media Specialist, Ruediger Elementary School, Tallahassee, Florida. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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