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Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
Contributor(s): Marzollo, Jean, Pinkney, J. Brian (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439782244     ISBN-13: 9780439782241
Publisher: Scholastic
    OUR PRICE: $8.40  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: January 2006
Annotation: This sensitively written picture book provides an introduction to the life ofDr. King, beginning with his birth and childhood through to his tragic death.In this simple biography, Marzollo explains the importance of Dr. King's workand his beliefs. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Civil rights workers; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Baptists; United States; Clergy; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Political
Dewey: 323/.092
LCCN: bl2005026364
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 8.00" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs) 32 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q04967
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Jean Marzollo has written many award-winning children’s books, including the acclaimed I Spy series and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTIN LUTHER KING. Jean lives with her husband, Claudio, in New York State’s Hudson Valley.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1992 November #5)
This effective collaboration between Pinkney ( Sukey and the Mermaid ; The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural ) and the prolific Marzollo presents a gentle, pared-down version of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Geared to preschoolers, the author's brief narrative outlines those of the leader's civil rights accomplishments that this audience is most likely to understand and appreciate, among them those that enabled African Americans and whites in the South to sit together in buses, drink from the same water fountains and attend the same schools. Marzollo's language is equally accessible: ``His dream was that people everywhere would learn to live together without being mean to one another.'' Meticulously employing scratchboard and oil pastels, Pinkney uses intricate series of fine, white lines to create stunning, exquisitely shaded illustrations. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2000 January #3)
"Accessible language" combines with "stunning, exquisitely shaded illustrations," said PW of this picture-book biography of the civil rights leader. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1993 February)
PreS-Gr 2-- An eloquent and powerful introduction to the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. This simplified summation leaves out most of the details, while bringing the essence of his life and work to young readers. A foreword offers options for softening the facts surrounding his murder for preschoolers. Pinkney's scratchboard and oil pastel illustrations convey both the strength and gentleness of King's character. Both text and art carry his central message of peace and brotherhood among all people. This is a good choice for reading aloud. Adler's Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Holiday, 1989) covers the same material with more detail. --Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.