Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world's most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin's Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America-and the world-forever.
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This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world's most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin's Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America-and the world-forever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423106357
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 54,860
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Rappaport
Doreen Rappaport has written numerous award-winning books for children, including: Freedom Ship and The School Is Not White (both illustrated by Curtis James); Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book; and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon, also illustrated by Bryan Collier. She lives and writes in upstate New York.

Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award winner Bryan Collier has created art for many award winning children's books, including his master achievements, Rosa, Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom River, and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon. Bryan lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

    AMAZING!!

    Martin's Big Words is such a wonderful book to read to young children who have yet to learn about Dr. King himself. It's wonderful illustrations and colorful words show children the world of the past. It is a great book to allow children of all ages to ask questions about Martin Luther Kings' life. This book allows readers to look through the windows of the long, fought life of Martin Luther King. The author tells the story in the most simple matter but she uses strong words to emphasize her points. Doreen Rappaport knew what she was doing when she created this wonderful children's book. I would recommend this book for any teacher, or parent who is willing to give their child a sneak peek into the lives of the past heroes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Martin¿s Big Words is a wonderful book. It is probably meant for

    Martin’s Big Words is a wonderful book. It is probably meant for children between first and second grade. In my opinion it does an exceptional job of explaining a tough topic to young children in a positive way. The discrimination of African Americans is often times really difficult for children in today’s day and age to understand. Of course discrimination is still around today, but it is probably harder for children to see than it was in the time of Martin Luther King Jr. because of how taboo it has become. Then, it was just a way of life. The one thing I especially liked about the book was the fact that it started out describing Martin in his youth, noticing the racial signs on doors of stores and restaurants. I think it makes it more accessible to children to realize this great historical figure was once a child just like them. It makes them wonder that if Martin saw things that were wrong when he was a child and he grew up to be a leader of change, then maybe they can too. It is important for children to know that they are capable of greatness, even though right now they are just children; that change begins by looking around at our society when we are young and thinking about the things we would change for the better. Personally, as a future teacher, I would be glad to have this book in my classroom not only to teach children about the struggles of our country’s past, but also to inspire them to evaluate the world they live in and hopefully move to improve it.

    Rappaport, D. (2007). Martin's big words. Hyperion Books for Children.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended for classrooms!

    This is a great story about the early life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I love that it simplifies things for elementary aged students. It's a great story of the life that the great Dr. King lived and what motivated him to do the work that he did. This story also shows that if you strive to make a difference, it can be accomplished. It also teaches students that if they witness an injustice, it is up to them to stand up and make their voice heard. The illustration in this story is magnificent. Illustrated with the stunning collage art, Martin's Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America, and the world, forever.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Such a powerful informational book for children. "Martin's

    Such a powerful informational book for children. "Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." is a good book to help children understand what times used to be like, times their parents or grandparents grew up in. Martin Luther KingJr., is a very important individual that changed so much for all of us and this book helps children learn and understand more about those times. Doreen Rappaport the author of "Martin's Big Words" had wonderful illustrations painted inside the book. This book is targeted for 1st grade and up.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Evaluating Martins Big Words was an honor. I truly loved everyth

    Evaluating Martins Big Words was an honor. I truly loved everything about this little book. First thing that stuck out to me while reading this book was the illustrations. Every illustration matched perfectly with where the story was going but not only that, the pictures were all different images put together to make one big image. It was like a collage of different scraps somehow made to look like a bus, or a building, or even a person. Sounds impossible, but illustrator Bryan Collier definitely was able to do it. My favorite page by far is where a young girl is staring right at the reader, with a flag behind her, it was so moving. I definitely feel like this is such an important topic and kids should start to know about this at a young age. I plan to be a first grade teacher (God willing), and I would absolutely have this book in my little library to read to the kids.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    A children¿s book whose illustrations are gallery worthy. So muc

    A children’s book whose illustrations are gallery worthy. So much emotion was used in the creation of the mixed media works used to illustrate the book. Each image seemed to share more emotion and description then the last. While the book is a short child friendly version of the like of Martin Luther King Jr.; it does offer food for thought. A brilliant way to open up the topic of racial issues in a classroom and bring in awareness to the history of the civil rights movement. This book truly belongs on any history teacher’s book shelf. But needless to say the writing did fall a bit flat although offering information the and gratefully using some of the civil rights leaders own words it did fall flat on the authors entered text. But defiantly a book to buy because of the beautiful and emotionally charged illustrations.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    In Martin's Big Words Rappaport and Collier create a novel about

    In Martin's Big Words Rappaport and Collier create a novel about Martin Luther King using some of his "Big Words". The encouraging message as well as the beautiful Illustrations make this an exceptional and enjoyable book for children to read. It tells Children that anything is possible and that they are as good as anybody else. Eveybody has to start out somewhere and this novel shows children that adversity and determination are elements to a strong and powerful person. This story is both uplifting and accurate making it an informative read for young students and a colorful expression of a mans message

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    BIG WORDS, BIG STORY

    Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Brian Collier is a picture book that focuses around a central idea that a gathering of influential words and phrases helped Martin achieve big things. It won not only the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, but it also won a Caldecott Award, a Coretta Scott King Award, and a Best Illustrated Children's Book Award by the New York Times Book Review. It is a large book with minimal to medium amount of text that is a good font size of about twenty six or so. The illustrator uses a mixture of art mediums with many colors, most of which are dark.
    I believe that Marin’s Big Words does a fabulous job depicting the Civil Rights Movement to children at a comprehensive level right for them. It is not only comprehensible, but it is inspiring, and age appropriate. On page 55 of Children’s Books In Children’s Hands, it says, “The best picture story books have language that is rich in its ability to tell the story well”. Many children have heard of Martin Luther King, Jr. before considering he has a national holiday in remembrance of him. However, if a child had not heard of him, the author and illustrator collaborate perfectly to portray the person he was. On page 67 of our text, it says, “…a picture story book is one in which the text and illustrations work together to amplify each other”. The illustrator does a great job of characterization through illustration. The book uses expressionism through the moving text, color, illustrative metaphors, and style. On page 73 it says, “In well crafted picture books, the style amplifies the text and works in harmony with it”. In the style, illustrators use things like texture, colors, metaphors, to help the audience engage in what they’re reading. “Color is often used to reflect emotions and communicate moods” (page 80). The illustrator uses dark colors to portray the somber moods of the oppressed people. In the Illustrator’s Note in Martin’s Big Words, Brian Collier explains some of the metaphors he uses. One prominent one is the stained glass windows. They exist in churches, exert beams of light in the dark, and are multicolored, all of which characterize Dr. King.
    Martin’s Big Words does an excellent job of explaining Dr. King’s importance to our country to children. It utilizes great illustrations to help amplify the text. It also gives encouragement to children. I cannot wait to use it as a teaching tool in my classroom some day!

    Temple, C., Martinez, M., & Yokoto, J.. (2011). Children’s Books In Children’s Hands. Boston,
    MA: Pearson.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    This is a wonderful book for young children to read. It tells al

    This is a wonderful book for young children to read. It tells all about Dr.Kings life. It explains what he and others went through to be accepted in this country. The illustrations in this book look as if they are coming off the page. It is written in a style that is easy for children to understand. Every school class room should have this in their library.

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  • Posted October 9, 2012

    Must have for classroom

    Martin's Big Words, is a wonderful picture book helping kids to understand the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I highly recommend this books for teachers to purchase and keep in their classrooms. The pictures are exceptional illustrations helping shape the stories for young readers to better comprehend and retain. This is one book I wish was put into my hands when I was a young child. Martin's Big words is a unique children's picture book because it has a lot of authentic value to it. This comes into play because nearly every single page provides readers with a direct quote of Dr. King himself. I feel that this truly helps readers to begin shaping their reading by providing them with authentic sources and non-fiction literature. I feel that this book is especially important for young African American students to read to help reinforce pride in their culture while in public schools.

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    Wise Words from a Wise Man

    This biography is exquisite, with its rich, textured illustrations that make it as if the reader were actually peering into the past, to its layout and design purposefully intended to focus the reader’s eyes onto “Martin’s Big Words.” The title is fitting as the book highlight’s events in Dr. King’s life from his boyhood, to his rise as a civil rights leader, and ultimately to his untimely death and the lessons we can all learn from his powerful words. The book even highlights important dates at the end, along with additional books and websites a reader can refer to if one seeks to learn more. Talking to and teaching children about the civil rights movement can be difficult, but it is necessary as it is part of our history, and this book provides the opportunity to inspire children with “Martin’s Big Words” for generations to come.

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    Must Read!

    "Martin's Big Words" is a must read about the hardship of Martin Luther King Jr. life and the power to stand up for what you believe in. The illustrations throughout the book are very detailed and bring light to the story at hand! It is a very powerful and educational book about the trails of segregation. This is a good book to read to young children to help them understand what a great man Martin Luther King Jr. was. The story starts off with King as a young boy and it takes us along the journey to adulthood. The book has lots of powerful but age appropriate wording. It is definitely a book that children for years to come will enjoy!

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  • Posted October 3, 2012

    Speak Your Mind Even if Your Voice Shakes

    Martin’s Big Words is hands-down the most moving picture book I have ever read. I was unbelievably touched by the way Doreen Rappaport and Brian Collier constructed this book. Rapport did an amazing job capturing Martin Luther King’s life through words in such a way that children and adults alike can connect to. With the help of Collier’s amazing artistic abilities this book came to life in such a way that will forever touch your heart. His collage-style images conveyed symbolic meanings that were easily seen throughout the entirety of the children’s book. I would absolutely recommend this inspiring book to people of all ages!

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

    Great Activity for your classroom! Martin's Big Words is such a

    Great Activity for your classroom!
    Martin's Big Words is such a great story that helps appeal to school age children. With the wonderful pictures with symbolic messages and the captivating words the book makes you feel Martin Luther King Jr. presences. The book has such a positive message and still shows his philsophy to kids today.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    I would recommend this book to young readers. The illustrations

    I would recommend this book to young readers. The illustrations are expertly done and depict the story very well. With such a dark concept to grasp, Doreen Rappaport, the author, is able to simplify Martin Luther King's dream so kids are able to understand. I feel that the concept of segregation is a little difficult for children to understand and this book is able to explain more about it and how Martin Luther King Jr. was able to make a change. It is an excellent book to teach perseverance, and teaches kids to stand up for what they believe in.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

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    I worked in an elementary school library and I remember reading

    I worked in an elementary school library and I remember reading this book during Black History Month in February. As I read it again I was taken back to the faces of the children whom I read it to, and I couldn't help thinking how mesmerized they were by the words "Martin walked with them and talked with them and sang with them and prayed with them" and the illustrations of the stained glass windows, the use of color and shadow, and the look of determination in Martin's eyes. It really impacted them and it impacted me. As I read it again, the words spoke to me and I felt a presence that I had not felt in some time.
    This book is a must read for any child, Pre K through 5th grade. Teachers, parents and children will embrace its message of equality and although we do not have the man we still have his "BIG WORDS" and his message of unity and peace. Great story, wonderful illustrations and sensational message. Coretta Scott King would be proud to know that her name is associated with this book.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    Martin¿s Big Words is a wonderful children¿s book. The pages a



    Martin’s Big Words is a wonderful children’s book. The pages are full of moving pictures and inspiring quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. Each page leads the reader to another time in Martin’s life. This book provides young children the opportunity to read (and watch) Dr. King grow from a small child with a great dream to a young man becoming all he imagined. The moments of his life highlighted in Martin’s Big Words are monumental in American History. The author wrote each moment on a level that children in elementary school would understand. I would highly recommend that all teachers keep a copy of Martin’s Big Words in their classrooms. Not only is it a well written book but it also provides a timeline of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life at the end.

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    I bought this book for my Children's Literature class, and I wou

    I bought this book for my Children's Literature class, and I would reccommend it for any elementary ages child. Although it is a picture book specified for a younger audience, the author and illustrator do a phenomenal job at capturing the readers attention. It is a great educational biography for young children. The authors use of words and text makes it an easy read with alot of power and emotion. The illustrator also plays off the words, which made it even more meaningful to read. Even as an older reader, I appreciated reading his quotes along with his story line because it went hand in hand and I could connect emotionally to the history of his life. Great book!

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    I recently read this book for my Children's Literature class and

    I recently read this book for my Children's Literature class and recommend it for any Elementary Classroom. The author and illustrator do a fantastic job creating Martin Luther King Jr's life into a children's picture book while maintaining historical facts. It begins with Martin as a child and progresses until his death. It includes quotes from Martin himself and does an excellent job keeping the audience entertained. Rappaport greatly describes what is happening while Collier completes it with an emotional illustration.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Must Read

    I just bought this book for a children's literature class, and it is an awesome book to read to children to keep the dream of Martin Luther King alive. The illustrations are very lifelike and they are emotionally grabbing. The book begins when King is a young child, and goes through his dream into adulthood. Included are some legitimate quotes straight from Dr. King, which i thought was the most touching. His dream is most needed today as much as it was back then, this book is a must read in the classroom.

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