Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

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This book is beautifully-rendered study of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, told in simple, straightforward language for even the youngest of readers to understand. Pinkney's scratchboard and oil pastel ...

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Overview


Let the Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child's experiences: laugh with them, learn with them, read with them!
Sixteen best-selling titles available now!

Category: Biography

This book is beautifully-rendered study of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, told in simple, straightforward language for even the youngest of readers to understand. Pinkney's scratchboard and oil pastel illustrations convey both the strength and gentleness of King's character. Both text and art carry his central message of peace and brotherhood among all people.

An introduction to a great civil rights leader.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This effective collaboration between Pinkney ( Sukey and the Mermaid ; The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural ) and the prolific Marzollo presents a gentle, pared-down version of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Geared to preschoolers, the author's brief narrative outlines those of the leader's civil rights accomplishments that this audience is most likely to understand and appreciate, among them those that enabled African Americans and whites in the South to sit together in buses, drink from the same water fountains and attend the same schools. Marzollo's language is equally accessible: ``His dream was that people everywhere would learn to live together without being mean to one another.'' Meticulously employing scratchboard and oil pastels, Pinkney uses intricate series of fine, white lines to create stunning, exquisitely shaded illustrations. Ages 3-7. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- An eloquent and powerful introduction to the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. This simplified summation leaves out most of the details, while bringing the essence of his life and work to young readers. A foreword offers options for softening the facts surrounding his murder for preschoolers. Pinkney's scratchboard and oil pastel illustrations convey both the strength and gentleness of King's character. Both text and art carry his central message of peace and brotherhood among all people. This is a good choice for reading aloud. Adler's Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Holiday, 1989) covers the same material with more detail. --Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439782241
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Scholastic Bookshelf Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 225,774
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Jean Marzollo has written many award-winning children’s books, including the acclaimed I Spy series and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTIN LUTHER KING. Jean lives with her husband, Claudio, in New York State’s Hudson Valley.
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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    Great for young children!

    I'm a teacher of children who have special needs. I wanted them to be exposed to curriculums and experiences much like their peers (grades 1-2). I purchased this book, included it in my morning circle and was very happy with the outcome! The text made it easy to modify the language and information about Dr. Martin Luther King. The illustrations were engaging and supported the text on each page. My boys and girls are able to share information about the works and ideas of this great American role model!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    Important book!

    This book tells us a little about Dr.King's life and why his birthday is a national holiday. Doctor Martin Luther King is known for helping African-Americans get some of the same rights as white Americans. Back when King was alive, everything was separated for black people and white people¿two bathrooms, two water fountains, two schools, etc. But the places that black people went to were not as good as the places white people went to. Black people were also not treated as well as white people. Dr. King inspired many people, of all different races, to join his message of equality. He gave his famous, ¿I Have a Dream¿ speech to a quarter of a million people in Washington, DC. Dr. King preached that change should only come in a peaceful way. He was tragically assassinated at an early age, but his message of peace and equality lives on. This is an important book that reminds us who Dr. King was, what he stood for, and why we celebrate his life and remember him on his birthday.

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    Posted November 8, 2009

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