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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015
Material: hard cover
Summary: There are so many children’s books available about Dr. King now that you need something to set a new one apart. The discussion of what the author calls "Dr. King’s six guiding beliefs" and the discussion of them does cast a different light on the subject.
This picture book of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., takes a different approach than other biographies on the Civil Rights leader.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 7 to 12
Reading Level: 5
Age of Child: Upper elementary class.
Young Reader Reaction: Some of the students found this useful for doing reports on Dr. King.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the format and art. The content was average, but "Okay."
Pros: The focus on King’s six guiding beliefs was a nice change of pace from the usual ways King’s life is discussed.
Cons: The author is Dr. King’s niece. The continual use of “Uncle Martin” never lets the reader forget that fact!
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an excellent resource for educators and school libraries. It is worth reading, but you'll want to borrow it.
Educational Themes: Although the focus is on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, the book is also helpful in introducing / talking about the Civil Rights Movement and the 1950s.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, biography, history
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015
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