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

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This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most beloved speeches to tell the story of his life and his work in a simple, direct way. Bryan Collier's stunning collage art combines remarkable watercolor paintings with vibrant patterns and textures. A timeline and a lsit of additional books and web sites help make this a standout biography of Dr. King.

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport's nonfiction and historical fiction books have been acclaimed for their meticulous research and varied literary styles. She is the recipient of the "Washington Post"-Children's Book Guild lifetime achievement award for the writing of nonfiction. Among her many award-winning biographies are "Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," illustrated by Bryan Collier, a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner; "Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln," illustrated by Kadir Nelson, a CCBC Best Book of the Year and an IRA Teacher's Choice; and Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy, illustrated by Matt Tavares." "She lives and writes in upstate New York. Visit her at Bryan Collier, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Medal and a three-time recipient of the Caldecott Honor, has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, including "Uptown," "Martin's Big Words," "Rosa," "Dave the Potter," and "Knock Knock." He lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit Bryan online at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780786807147
ISBN-10: 0786807148
Publisher: Jump at the Sun
Publication Date: October 2001
Pages: 40
Language: English