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Teaspoons of News, January 16th

Happy Birthday, Dr. King

Imagedbcgi_7 "Sooner or later, all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together."

Those are the words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and they are reprinted in Martin's Big Words, written by Doreen Rappaport and gloriously illustrated by Bryan Collier, who used water color and cut-paper collage. Their book, a relatively short picture-book biography, makes a good introduction to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. "Use your words," young children are often told; they'll understand the power behind Martin's words when reading this fine Caldecott honoree from 2001.

As you can see from the cover (pictured left), the publisher, the Jump at the Sun division of Hyperion, went with the decision to let Collier's portrait of King take the entire front of the book unadorned. The writer's and illustrator's names appear on the back.


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Looks like a nice kids book on the topic. I've been searching for a short read on the topic of this man's life for awhile. Thanks for the tip!

Kim, we read it again yesterday. It's a very good introductory book to King's life.

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