Coretta Scott

Coretta Scott

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Overview

Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta Scott knew the unfairness of life in the segregated south. A yearning for equality began to grow. Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision of change through nonviolent protest. It was the beginning of a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061253669
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 435,079
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Ntozake Shange is a celebrated poet and author of many novels and plays, including the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which was made into a feature film. Ms. Shange is also the author of several children’s books, including the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Ellington Was Not a Street, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.


Kadir Nelson won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He received Caldecott Honors for Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he also garnered a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and won an NAACP Image Award. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Nelson's authorial debut, We Are the Ship, was a New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book. He is also the author and illustrator of the acclaimed Baby Bear.

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Coretta Scott 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pictures by award-winning illustrator Kadir Nelson.Text by poet Ntozake Shange. Excellence. I anticipated excellence.But perhaps poets are not the best authors of picture books. I had trouble following the text and I¿m a grownup. I had to think too much about the words on the page and it wasn¿t because they were so rich but because the writing wandered around so much. I¿d hoped for powerful words, but I found them to be wobbly.The children thought the pictures were very realistic. They were moved by the story of Coretta walking to school. The writing was a little too abstract for many of them and they weren¿t clear in places about what the writer was trying to say.The poetic writing, with its whimsical sentence structure, was unclear to them.Nevertheless, they loved the sounds of the words and the beautiful pictures. They liked the pictures so much that they forgave the text for not serving them well and gave the book a high rating.A Sample:¿white school busleft afunnel of duston their facesbutsongs and birds of all colorsand rich soilwhere slaves fought freedomsteadied them in the face of danger¿Children¿s Comments:Jayla, 5, said, "I liked the pictures."Silvana, 6, said, "I liked how she changed the laws."Abby, 5, said, "I liked them praying."Gage, 6, said, "I liked the part where they had to walk five miles to school."Jimmy, 6, said, "I liked the people gathering together in the book."Children's Ratings: 5, 1, 5, 5, 1, 5, 5, 5, 5
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author managed to mix verse, nonfiction, and biography. It was a different way to tell a biography and I think any student, teacher, or reader would find it refreshing.
rebecca401 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Told in lilting poetry, the story traces Coretta's childhood of segregation through her marriage to Martin Luther King, Jr., and combined campaign for Civil Rights. She lived for freedom and for non-violent resistance. She carried on after her husband was assasinated.
cnolasco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Coretta Scott" is written as lines of poetry, rather than prose. It tells the story of Coretta's life from childhood to meeting Martin Luther King Jr to her fight for civil rights. While the poetry was very beautiful, I was most impressed with the paintings by Kadir Nelson. The paintings were bright and colorful and could almost tell the story without the words.This picture book could easily be used by a middle or high school teacher during Black History Month or on a lesson about civil rights in America. The book includes a short biography of Coretta Scott King in the back, but the poetry does discuss important events like the March on Washington and ending the Jim Crow laws.
creeh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Coretta Scott was Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife. this book speaks of her life in sort but beautiful peotry. it begins with coretta's childhood walking five miles to school all the way to the march on Washington with MLK. the author's note tells a more in depth outline of her life as a civil rights activist alongside her husband. she was fond of singing, and the book tells of her voice to work for her cause. the pictures are amazing. kadir nelson has a gift to bring the pages to life with vivid colors and details. the book would be great to talk about the civil rights movement or martin luther king jr. also, its illustrations might make a great example of art.
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