Young Martin's Promise

Young Martin's Promise

by Walter Dean Myers, Barbara H. Bond

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Th is book focuses on two incidents that seem to have influenced Martin Luther King, Jr., in his adult life and work. The first involved white neighborhood children who were forbidden to play with him after they began to attend different schools. The second occured when he and his father were asked to move to the rear of a shoe store to obtain service. After King's parents explained that these inequities were caused by segregation, he promised to work to change the laws. His life is summarized only in terms of his speaking and leading marches, and a final page describes the holiday that is named in his honor. The book never mentions King's assassination and only the use of the past tense indicates that he is no longer living. Bond's full-color paintings are realistic and add interest with their vintage vehicles and examples of ``white only'' signs. While young children may find the concept of segregation easier to understand when exemplified by stories about another child, these two incidents have been included in many other biographies. The book is easy to read, with some fictionalized dialogue. It contains little factual information--not even King's birthdate--so it is virtually useless for reports. Better choices are David A. Adler's A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Holiday, 1989) or Linda Lowery's Martin Luther King Day (Carolrhoda, 1987). --Jean H. Zimmerman, Willett School, South River, NJ

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Steck-Vaughn Stories of America Series
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 0.12(h) x (d)
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014) was an American writer of children’s books best known for young adult literature. He wrote more than one hundred books including picture books and nonfiction, and was best known for young adult literature. His best known works include Fallen Angels, Hoops, The Scorpion, and Monster, which was the inaugural winner of the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. On July 1, 2014, Myers passed away after a brief illness.

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