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My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-14 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 10 user ratings
ISBN:0064462099
LANGUAGE:English

"Text to Text:
This book is about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr son’s memories of him as a father. Dr. King was referenced in Brown Girl Dreaming and both Jacqueline and Dr. King has dreams for a better life as Black Americans living in the south. They were both stories about their lives.
This book is culturally specific because Martin Luther King Jr’s son wrote this book and the book was about events he remembered about his father. Martin Luther King’s actions affected the country’s future.
Blooms:
1-List two items that you did not know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his family?
2-Explain what the author means in this statement, “There are a lot of books written about my father. But not a whole lot has been written about my dad.”
3-How would you summarize this story?
4-How would you compare this story of Martin Luther King III to Brown Girl Dreaming? They both are books written in the child’s view point and talks about events that happened to their parents. Compare and Contrast these differences.
5-How would use the knowledge from this text to teach others about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr?
6-Act out your favorite part of the story.
" said.

"Class, we have been celebrating this month. Can anyone tell the class what we're celebrating? (Students explain) That's right, Black History Month. Who can name someone who is a famous African American? (Students respond) Those are all great people and have contributed a lot to our history. (Show cover) Who can name the man on this cover and give an example of why he is important to Black History Month? (Listen to students responses) Those are all great examples of MLK. We will see if we can learn anything else about him while reading. But first, the title is "My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." Who can make a guess what the point of view will be in the story? (Students respond) Those are good guesses and reasons. Lets read the story to find out if we are right and more about Martin Luther King Jr.

-Raise interest in a topic or theme
-Draw attention to point of view
-Activate prior knowledge

I chose this book to include in my text set because it can be read on a holiday to enrich understanding and learning of the day and why we celebrate it. I really like this book because it gives MLK's story from a child's perspective and gives more to relate to as a student and a different view point.
" said.

"I LOVE this portrait of American hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by his son Martin Luther King III! Many of us know the life and mission of Dr. King's life to bring equality to all Americans. However, this wonderful book gives us an inside look into the King household to see how this hero acted as a warm, devoted, and loving of a father.

Adults know how ugly and hateful this time in American history played out and the tragic way that Dr. King died. Presenting these truths to children can be difficult. However, the author showed glimpses of this reality in a peaceful way (just like his Daddy did). The suggested reading age is grades kindergarten through second. However, parents will appreciate sharing a taste of history with their children (providing they are not racist people who espouse harmful beliefs).

Some of the best takeaways from this picture book are the bond between parents and children, sacrifices parents make for their children and livelihood, and the beauty in Dr. King's dream of celebrating diversity. The illustrations set tone with the muted colors and shapes ranging from round to boxy. Some pages flow with happiness and warmth, and others show turmoil in a safe way for younger children.

The genres are picture book and historical literature. I recommend it for those who love Dr. King and want to teach the celebration of family and diversity.
" said.

" A wonderful take on the amazing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A well written, heartfelt book describing this wonderful man through the eyes of his son. A must read for all kids and parents alike! " said.

" Touching glimpse into the family life of Martin Luther King, Jr. I enjoyed looking at the unfinished F & G illustrations, and I look forward to seeing the completed work. " said.

" This is another great book told my the perspective of the son of Martin Luther King. We read the book that was told by his sister and then the book that was told my his son and compared and contrasted the infomation in the two book and talked about why the stories are different when they are told from a different perspective. " said.

"1. "Riding to Washington" by Gwenyth Swain an illustrated by David Geister, 2008.

2. I chose "Riding to Washington" as my twin text because it shows a different perspective on the Civil Rights time period. This is probably the first time many will be learning about the time period, so I think it is very important to balance a non-fiction story with a young African American male character with a partner text about a young, caucasian female character. In each book, the children are gaining insight and perspective on a situation much larger than themselves, and both texts show growth and maturity as well, which is never a bad topic to reiterate with children.

3. This book utilizes two structures, Description and Chronological sequence. Martin Luther King III describes his childhood as he slowly recognizes and respects his father's mission. A short epilogue describes how Martin Luther King Jr. died and also discusses the respect he still holds for his father. A Venn Diagram would be a great activity to connect these two texts. I can just imagine students pointing out the different experiences Martin Luther King III and Janie had in these books. There were also a handful of moments where they had similar realizations or learning experiences, and a Venn Diagram would be the perfect way to point out those very important lessons!

4. (June 1, 2013). Booklist. http://www.booksinprint.com.leo.lib.u...#
" said.

"Text to Text:
This book is about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr son’s memories of him as a father. Dr. King was referenced in Brown Girl Dreaming and both Jacqueline and Dr. King has dreams for a better life as Black Americans living in the south. They were both stories about their lives.
This book is culturally specific because Martin Luther King Jr’s son wrote this book and the book was about events he remembered about his father. Martin Luther King’s actions affected the country’s future.
Blooms:
1-List two items that you did not know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his family?
2-Explain what the author means in this statement, “There are a lot of books written about my father. But not a whole lot has been written about my dad.”
3-How would you summarize this story?
4-How would you compare this story of Martin Luther King III to Brown Girl Dreaming? They both are books written in the child’s view point and talks about events that happened to their parents. Compare and Contrast these differences.
5-How would use the knowledge from this text to teach others about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr?
6-Act out your favorite part of the story.
" said.

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