A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall

A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall

by David A. Adler, Robert Casilla

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Follows the life of the first African American to serve as a judge on the United States Supreme Court.


Follows the life of the first African American to serve as a judge on the United States Supreme Court.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Kelly
Thurgood Marshall's real name was "Thoroughgood", after his grandfather, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. By the second grade, however, the boy was tired of writing out such a long name, so he shortened it to "Thurgood." It was just the first of many ways in which he was to make a name for himself. Through simple, straightforward text and low-key illustrations, this picture book biography provides the basic facts in a format friendly to the reluctant-or beginning-reader. Though Adler fails to cite references and perhaps even oversimplifies his subject at times, he places Marshall's achievements well within their historical context, offering a relatively balanced portrait of this great civil rights figure.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Adler and Casilla offer a succinct, visually handsome presentation of the youth and the career highlights of the history-making Marshall. The early family years, with the strong influence of Thurgood's waiter father, who loved attending courtroom trials, and his teacher mother are perhaps the most interesting part of the story. Adler's terse account of the adult years incorporates brief quotes by Marshall and judicious explanations of key legal victories. Casilla's effective view of Marshall as a lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court places readers behind the row of justices, facing Marshall and the crowded courtroom. The warm, full- and double-page watercolor scenes and portraits throughout the book give an informative and empathetic view of the articulate civil rights champion. An author's note and a short chronology round out this well-crafted introduction to this impressive life of accomplishment.Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Product Details

Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
Picture Book Biography Series
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Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
AD860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

David Abraham Adler (born April 10, 1947) is the author of nearly 200 books for children and young adults, most notably the Cam Jansen mystery series, the "Picture Book of..." series, and several acclaimed works about the Holocaust for young readers.

Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-three-year-old nephew inspired Adler to write his first story, A Little at a Time, subsequently published by Random House in 1976. Adler's next project, a series of math books, drew on his experience as a math teacher. In 1977, he created his most famous character, Cam Jansen, originally featured in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, which was published that year.

Adler married psychologist Renee Hamada in 1973, and their first child, Michael, was born in 1977. By that time Adler had taken a break from teaching and, while his wife continued her work, he stayed home, took care of Michael, and began a full-time writing career.

Adler has three children and one grandson. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

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