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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Don't Know Much About . . . " series, this biography is presented as a directed sequence of questions that lead the reader to understand the life and influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. While most suitable for ages eight to twelve, the format, language, and content is very useful for older readers as well. It would be an excellent choice for ESL students and adults. Learning about MLK's childhood lays the groundwork for understanding the influences that help mold him into the leader that he became during the Civil Rights movement. Davis discusses the difficult issues of racial prejudice and injustice with truth and tact, while giving lots of background history in informational sidebars. He uses many direct quotes from the people of the time, which gives validity to the narrative answers to specific questions. As the questions progress through the stages of this powerful leader's life, we learn about his fervent desire to end segregation through nonviolent protests. His interest in Gandhi's work in India greatly influenced his own approach to peaceful efforts for changing the segregation policies in the U. S. Black-and-white drawings enhance the text, a timeline gives important dates, and a detailed index makes this an excellent research resource. This title is a readily accessible introduction to the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. 2006, HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.