Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Martin's Big Words"


With Martin Luther King Jr. Day right around the corner, here is my literature pic for the week! I came across this book a couple of years ago and fell in love with it! I introduced it to my girls last year and plan on checking it out from the library again this week. Sunshine is actually researching him for a Social Studies project.(PowerPoint) Isn't it amazing what a 6 year old can do technology wise now a days!! Now of course I have to guide her as to where to click, etc, but she is having fun choosing her background colors, photos, and animations!

Anyways, back to the book!! I highly recommend Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport. I loved the illustrations and the narration. I believe that the end of the book may mention his assassination. Of course every child is different, but I chose not to share these details. Yes, I shelter my children. I'm probably going to skim over that page again. At this age, I think it is important to teach what he did that was so important more than how he died. We can save that for when they are older. If you decide to check this out this week, let me know what you think!!




For a couple of more professional reviews- check out below!!

Reviews:

Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of love, justice, and freedom shines through every page of this powerhouse of a book. Watercolor and cut-paper collages pack a visual punch, and the fluid narrative is simple enough for young readers.

From the Publisher
This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words. Martin Luther King, Jr. , was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most beloved speeches to tell the story of his life and his work in a simple, direct way. Bryan Collier's stunning collage art combines remarkable watercolor paintings with vibrant patterns and textures. A timeline and a list of additional books and web sites help make this a standout biography of Dr. King.

Happy Reading!!
Jen

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