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My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up With The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Farris, Christine King, Soentpiet, Chris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689843887     ISBN-13: 9780689843884
Publisher: Aladdin
    OUR PRICE: $10.80  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: December 2005
Annotation: "Mother Dear, one day I'm going to turn this world upside down."

Long before he became a world-famous dreamer, Martin Luther King Jr. was a little boy who played jokes and practiced the piano and made friends without considering race. But growing up in the segregated south of the 1930s taught young Martin a bitter lesson -- little white children and little black children were not to play with one another. Martin decided then and there that something had to be done. And so he began the journey that would change the course of American history.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; Georgia; Atlanta; Social conditions; Juvenile literature.
African Americans; Biography.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: 323.092
LCCN: bl2006000884
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 12.00" W x 0.50" (0.50 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 64452
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q33900
Reading Level: 4.1   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Fall)
Of the many stories about Dr. King, none is as personal and revealing as this memoir-tribute by his older sister. Starting with early family reminiscences, King Farris captures the drama of a life that would lead to the ""I Have a Dream"" speech. The brilliance of the realistic illustrations, the placement of the precise text, and the oversize format make this a dramatic contribution. With a poetic tribute by Mildred D. Johnson, an afterword, and an illustrator's note. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2003 #2)
Before there was the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., the world-renowned civil rights leader, there was M. L., the boy, fun-loving and often mischievous, who grew up in a sunny, wonderfully supportive household where he found encouragement and understanding. There have been many stories about his life, but none so personal and revealing as this memoir-tribute by his older sister, the last surviving member of the family that shaped his life and dream. Many of the books about Dr. King for young people, outstanding as some are, tend to place him on a pedestal; this book shows why and how that pedestal was built. By starting with early family reminiscences and building to the climactic moment when Martin first experiences the full meaning of the cruel segregation practices in the South, King Farris captures the drama of a life that would lead to the famous ôI Have a Dreamö speech. The text is direct and precise, extended by full-color page-and-a-half spreads executed in a realistic style, not unlike group portraits. Opening pages employ barely visible archival photographs in the background, lending an effect of times remembered to the ebullience of the pages to follow. The brilliance of the illustrations, the placement of the text, and the oversized format make this a dramatic addition to the collection of works for young audiences on Dr. King. With a poetic tribute to Martin Luther King by Mildred D. Johnson, an afterword, and an illustratorÆs note. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 November #3)
Farris's stirring memoir of her younger brother "M.L." focuses on a pivotal moment in their childhood in Atlanta. The conversational narrative easily and convincingly draws readers into the daily life of Christine and her two brothers, M.L. and A.D., as they listen to their grandmother's stories, stage pranks and romp in the backyard with two white brothers from across the street. The adults in the King family-Daddy, a minister; Mother Dear, a musician; maternal grandparents (the grandfather is also a minister) and a great-aunt-try to shield the children from the overt racism of the times; the family rarely took streetcars, for example, because of "those laws [segregation], and the indignity that went with them." When the white boys announce one day that they cannot play with M.L. and A.D. because they are "Negroes," the young Kings are hurt and baffled. Mother Dear explains, "[Whites] just don't understand that everyone is the same, but someday, it will be better." M.L. replies, "Mother Dear, one day I'm going to turn this world upside down." Soentpiet (Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor) illustrates this exchange with a powerful watercolor portrait of mother and son that encapsulates many emotions, including hope, pain and love. Unfortunately, in other paintings, the characters often seem frozen in exaggerated poses, or minor figures are rendered with less skill than demonstrated elsewhere. These inconsistencies detract from an otherwise gripping volume that makes the audience aware that heroes were once children, too. All ages. (Jan.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2003 February)
Gr 2-4-In the straightforward style of a master storyteller, Farris recalls the birth of her two younger brothers and relates anecdotes that demonstrate both the mischievous exploits of the siblings and the love and understanding that permeated the close-knit multigenerational family in which they grew up. Using plain language, she describes conditions in the South during her childhood that separated blacks and whites- "Because they just don't understand that everyone is the same, but someday, it will be better." From their father's church sermons and his actions when confronting the hatred and bigotry, the children learned the importance of standing up for justice and equality. The warmth of the text is exquisitely echoed in Soentpiet's realistic, light-filled watercolor portraits set in the King home, in their Atlanta neighborhood, and at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The simple directness of this short biography will help young children understand the concept of segregation and the importance of Dr. King's message. An appended poem by Mildred D. Johnson reflects Farris's own message: "-it is important for young people to realize the potential that lies within each of them-." This outstanding book belongs in every collection.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.