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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
     

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

by Reagan Miller
 

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Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Basic, important facts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are presented to young readers: what it was like growing up in a segregated society; the influence that Mohandas Gandhi had on King's leadership; and the important changes that took place as a result of his leadership. Mohandas Gandhi plays a very important role in Dr. King's life. He first heard about Gandhi during a sermon given by Mordecai Johnson, president of Howard University, who had just returned from India. Dr. King was so impressed with his use of love for his advisories and his non-violent approach that he read and studied his life and techniques. How fortunate for us that the Civil Rights Movement adopted Dr. King's technique, the non-violent approach, to achieve equality. At the bottom of every other page there is a "Did you know?" fact about Dr. King in bold letters on colors that stand out. In addition there is a section about how his holiday is celebrated. There is also a message to young children about how they can spread this message of love, equality, and non-violence. At the end of the book is a quiz for children to test their knowledge of Dr. King. It is part of the "Celebrations in My World" series. Reviewer: Leila Toledo
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—These resources provide the history of and explanations for these special days through a variety of photos and simplified text. Halloween is introduced as coming from the ancient Celtic holiday Samhain and the customs of the Catholic All Saint's Day. The book describes how people decorate, dress up, and trick-or-treat throughout the world. Most of the photos show children in their costumes. King introduces the civil rights leader's life and his contributions and explains why his birthday is celebrated. Color and black-and-white photographs highlight the man's life, and the book discusses the various events associated with the day, including marches, special church services, and volunteering. Peppas explains that Thanksgiving is a harvest festival that commemorates when the Pilgrims thanked God for their harvest by feasting with the Wampanoag in 1621. The book outlines modern-day traditions such as gathering with family, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and enjoying food and football. A "Did You Know?" blurb on each spread provides a new fact—for example, one in Thanksgiving describes food drives. Most captions are a repeat of what is previously stated. These are pick-up titles if you need replacements.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778742906
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Series:
Celebrations in My World , #12
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NC740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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