A biography of the Baptist minister, orator, and crusader for equal civil rights who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
School Library Journal - School Library Journalea. vol: illus. by James Seward. unpaged. photogs. reprods. (Great Americans Series). CIP. Messner. 1987. PLB $7.29; pap. $2.25. Gr 2-5 These titles provide information in a format that will attract readers searching for accurate, readable information. Abraham Lincoln includes some well-known incidents from his life, but those unfamiliar with his life and contributions will find this an excellent get-acquainted title. The text moves smoothly and evenly through his early life, to his life as a congressman, and finally to his presidency and his leadership during the Civil War. Readers are told that Washington was ``a handsome man62 tall, with dark hair and bluish gray eyes. . . .'' This helps children see a younger Washington than the gray-wigged statesman normally portrayed. While Jean Fritz' George Washington's Breakfast (Putnam, 1969) presents a more personal picture of this statesman, Smith presents a personal portrayal while giving readers a firm knowledge of Washington's political life. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an unclouded summary of this man's work toward peace. King's contribution to Civil Rights issues are the focus, but his overall contributions to world peace are acknowledged. Each book contains photographs or reproductions and black-and-white sketches, all of which are well chosen to highlight important events on each double-page spread. Books are well laid out and, while they border on picture book format, the illustrative style should entice early intermediate aged readers. More adept readers will find plenty of ``seed'' material for additional research. Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, Iowa
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