Reviews for Martin Luther King, Jr. : A Dream of Hope

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
Attractive layouts and well-chosen images including photographs, paintings, documents (e.g., the police report on Rosa Parks's arrest), etc. make for accessible, if adulatory, biographies of six noteworthy African Americans. Sidebars flesh out historical contexts and important contemporaries. Malcolm X is the most riveting, both because of the subject's criminal past and his controversial beliefs. Across the volumes, quotations aren't cited. Timeline. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Sterling Biographies titles: Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Marian Anderson, and Frederick Douglass.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 August

Gr 6-8-- The authors present their subjects from early childhood and follow them chronologically as their life achievements unfold. Each chapter begins with an appropriate quote that sets the stage for the content within. Informational sidebars help flesh out the story by providing a picture of the larger historical context such as a description of the northern migration of blacks after the Civil War or musicians' lives during the Great Depression. Well-chosen archival photographs, such as a photo depicting a building with "whites only" and "colored" entrances, add important visual details. Surprisingly detailed facts enrich the accounts by providing a human element to these larger-than-life figures. All three books deliver information in clear, concise texts. They highlight the inspiring lives of important African Americans who, through their courage and conviction, fought against injustice and made significant contributions to society. An unfortunate omission is a lack of documentation for quotes and other material.--Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

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