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Martin Rising: Requiem for a King
Contributor(s): Pinkney, Andrea Davis, Pinkney, J. Brian (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0545702534     ISBN-13: 9780545702539
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
    OUR PRICE: $18.00  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2018
Annotation: An illustrated tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. celebtrates his commitment to non-violent protest in support of civil rights.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Issues | Prejudice & Racism
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: 2016031408
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.50" W x 1.00" (1.95 lbs) 127 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
After establishing Martin Luther King Jr.'s characteristics, even in childhood, that would compel him to fight oppression, the poetic narrative jumps to King's thirty-ninth birthday. The remaining poems detail what transpired between February 1968, when sanitation workers went on strike in Memphis, and April 1968, when King was assassinated. Swirling watercolor, gouache, and India-ink illustrations give life and movement to King's story. Timelines. Bib. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #2)
A creative poetic celebration of the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. that also, as a song for the dead, includes a meticulous explanation of how and why he died. Henny Penny (the bird who declares "the sky is falling!") helps to tell this dirge, appearing periodically in interspersed poems to encourage questions, forecast the future, and reflect on the focal story (she is, per the appended author's note, "the Greek chorus in this play. She is a protector, ?a mother bird, a knower"). The first poem about King tells of his January ?1929 birth and describes him as a "sparkling-eyed child," harking back to Paul Laurence Dunbar's dialect poem, "Little Brown Baby," about a well-loved child "wif spa'klin' eyes." After establishing the characteristics Martin possessed even in childhood that would compel him to fight Jim Crow oppression, the narrative jumps to his thirty-ninth birthday celebration, and the rest of the lyrical text details what transpired between February 1968, when sanitation workers went on strike in Memphis, and April 1968, when King was assassinated and mourned. Accompanying the varied and intense poetry, Brian Pinkney's swirling watercolor, gouache, and India ink illustrations give life and movement to King's story and reflect the complex emotions (and accompanying turbulent weather) that surface throughout this biography. Rich back matter, accompanied by documentary photographs, will serve as excellent research resources for locating more information on the civil rights movement. michelle h. martin Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 November #1)

The grim task of writing about Dr. King's assassination is handled with great tenderness by this husband-and-wife team. Andrea Davis Pinkney's 39 poems sing, exhort, console, and illuminate. She explains the strike by sanitation workers that brought King to Memphis ("Come,/ please come./ The strikers need you"), describes King's exhaustion, and celebrates his prophetic last speech ("I've seen the promised land," he says. "I may not get there with you"). Brian Pinkney paints with gentle, rounded strokes, alternating portraits with atmospheric, abstract washes. He shows King adjusting the knot of his tie on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, his gaze distant. Suddenly, there's a "Pop!" Deep emotion finds expression in impassioned bursts: "Angry fists alight with fire!/ Smashing glass!" The fairy tale hen, Henny Penny, appears throughout to warn and comfort in anguished moments: "She tries, oh, she tries/ to fly/ in the bullet's face." In the end, King's legacy offers redemption and hope: "And with love, we all shall rise." Written with an eye toward choral reading, this is a unique and remarkable resource. Ages 9–12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

Gr 4 Up—A powerful celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., set against the last few months of his life and written in verse. Divided into three sections, ("Daylight," "Darkness," and "Dawn"), Andrea Davis Pinkney's poems focus on the winter and spring of 1968, from King's birthday on January 15 through the horror of his assassination on April 4 and end with a tribute to his legacy of hope on Easter Sunday, April 14. The poems begin broadly, painting a portrait of spring emerging in Memphis as garbage collectors fight against discriminatory wage policies, ultimately bringing King to that city to organize and uplift the movement. But as the last moments of King's life tick away, the narrative zooms in, detailing the emotional beats of his final public speeches, the feverish exhaustion of long days and nights away from home, and the relief of stolen moments of leisure with his closest friends. Throughout, the crowds filling churches seeking inspiration and bravely marching in the face of violence are as much a part of the story as King himself. Brian Pinkney's watercolor, gouache, and India ink illustrations convey warm moments of victory and joy, as well as the darkness and chaos of loss, through swirls of color. Impressionistic brush-stroke portraits of King alternate with spreads full of faces listening, marching, and mourning. Back matter includes author and artist reflections, a time line, and additional historical information with photographs. VERDICT Beautifully illustrated and begging to be read aloud, this poetry collection is an exceptional classroom tool for civil rights lessons and offers much for individual readers to linger over.—Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Hennepin County Library, MN

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.