Reviews for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Booklist Reviews 2011 January #1
The American Celebrations series is well positioned to plug holes in school units on holidays, with punchy, informative entries on the past and present histories of important days. The colorful layouts feature an ever-shifting mix of period and modern photographs, while sidebars keep things from settling too comfortably into the organizing structure, which is basically consistent throughout: introduction, history, key personalities, celebrations, symbols, and activities (typically including songs, crafts, recipes, and a quiz). Martin Luther King Jr. Day profiles the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize at age 35 and works in other important personalities, such as Rosa Parks. Strong back matter is supplemented by a bounty of interactive options at the publisher's AV2 website, accessible via a code imprinted inside each book. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 November
Gr 2-4-These heavily illustrated titles look at the history of the three holidays and describe how and why Americans celebrate them. Designed to meet state and national standards, the books are manageable for newly independent readers. Red, white, and blue borders are used throughout, and while they are bright and eye-catching, they seem to overwhelm the slight texts. In the first title, archival black-and-white and full-color photos personalize the life and legacy of Dr. King. Memorial Day effectively uses a bit of historical trivia to introduce the origins of this commemorative celebration. Presidents' Day uses quotes from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to add interest to the accounts of the two leaders whose birthdays were once remembered on separate days. Each spread has at least one image, but several of the pictures are just filler. Each title has a map showing celebrations across the country, a quiz to check what readers have learned, a page of facts, sources, crafts, and a recipe. Those who already own the "True Books" series (Children's) already have excellent information on these holidays. These books are serviceable supplements.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.