Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to life in stunning collage art and vibrant watercolor paintings in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following ones heart. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his own words, will inspire and affect you, too.
This book pierces my soul. I feel as though that author and illustrator, together through the use of their words and art work, allow the reader to look directly through Martins eyes straight into his heart and soul. This book helps the reader to understand Dr. King’s courage and his passion for mankind.
This book would be an asset to any classroom. It can be used in many ways. First, it would be a good tool for adding multicultural literature to the classroom library. It could be used along with other books to do a study on the life of Dr. King. I especially like the collage style art work. The students could take “Martin Big Words” and illustrate them in a method of their choosing.
I really enjoyed this book. It is such a good summary of history revealed through pictures and words. It also includes the important dates of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life on the final pages well as additional books and websites that can be used with this study.
In the classroom, an extension activity is making a timeline of all the events mentioned in the book. We could also read about Rosa Parks who is mentioned about in the book.
As a student this book can change the way someone looks at Martin Luther King Jr. and the world. I liked how the author puts quotes of MLK’s in the book away from everything. The illustrations are also very well done, they add a lot to the book.
As a teacher not only is this book great to have out on display on MLK day, but to have on display all the time. The words are so powerful. I could use the small quotes of his in the book to start discussions about certain topics. AMAZING teacher/person book.
Critique: This is a good example of biography because it is an account of Martin's life written by someone else. It is about a person who has done something incredibly significant, ending segregation and winning the Nobel Peace prize. It was also written with accuracy in telling of such events as Rosa Parks and when Martin was shot.
I really enjoyed this books illistration they were wonderful I haven't seen anything like it. I also like the book because it was moving, MLK's life was amazing and the book wrote it all out into words.
In my classroom, I would have the children write a list of what made MLK's life so memorable.
I loved this book because it was easy for children at younger ages to understand. It also talked about somethings that i did not konw about Mr. King.
A teacher could use this book for black history month and have the children draw a picture of Mr. King giving his speech and all the people present at the speech.
A book about the life and dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. Collage pictures combined with wonderful words describing King's life and his dream of equality for all people. History plus a positive message are the themes of this wonderful book.
I loved many things about this book including:
1. The author and illustrator both wrote in the begining of the book what their vision was for the book.
2. The colorful and meaningful collages put together by the illustrator are full and lush and require a very long look at all the pages. Many layers of paper are used to create the finished product.
3. A timeline in the back of the book goes from MLK's birth up to his death detailing many of the things in his life that we have come to associate with him.
An amazing book that should be a "Must Read" for all students.
As a teacher I would test the students knowledge about MLK and find out what they know then read the book to them and let them compare their knowledge with what the book says.
I loved this book. It focused on his philosophy of love and non-violence. I love the illustrations and the wonderful way the author explained his life. This is a great book.
This would be a good book to use for African American History month and different projects for the classroom to use. I love the way this book presents his life. It also has a timeline in the back that teachers can use and it will help the students for a project about an important person in history.
I love to read biographies so this was one that I connected with. To be able to read about a great man of our time and how his life ended too early was remarkable. What he did changed the world and the view of people.
In a classroom setting, you could have the children write about how they could help their friends. What they could do for them, how they could support them.
The title of the story clues its readers in to MLK's strategy for making a difference. His was a non-violent movement based on talks between equals. For this reason, the title, Martin's Big Words, is apt. It's also appropriate because every two-page spread in the book has a quote from MLK on it in large font alongside the more narrative-focused text. The narrative follows MLK until his death. I appreciate how simply Rappaport writes about his assassination. She doesn't focus on the hate that caused his death, but goes to say, with hope, that "his big words are alive for us today." It's a beautiful end to a beautiful book.
A lot of the beauty of this book comes from Bryan Collier's Caldecott Honor-winning illustrations. He used collage and watercolors to bring his images to life. The flames on the candles are pictures of real flames that have been cut out and pasted. The faces of the people in the book are mostly painted, except for one significant example, the image of the girl in front of an American flag. Her face is partly collage, with different colors. Collier shows us that we're all Americans, no matter what color we are. Images like this one make this book a work of art, not to mention a fine example of exceptional children's literature.