Strawberry has developed a love for reading. It’s not surprising, given the number of books by which she is surrounded. What I’m finding somewhat amusing and annoying is that right now she has a very definite preference for what books we read together: she wants the ones she has read before, and if I try to read something else (to Raisin, for example), she gets very mad and throws a book and has a fit. I suppose this is perfectly normal for 17 months old. (more…)
Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Little, Brown, August 2013) is a poetic biography of the two influential civil rights individuals who together shared a message during the March on Washington in 1963. Brian Pinkney’s illustrations are sweeping and colorful, bringing the reader in to the tale of two talented individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr., is obviously the more well known of the two, but I loved how the lives of both were weaved together. Martin spoke and Mahalia sang. It is a vivid reminder that each has a talent, and both could use that talent to share the gospel of freedom and encourage Civil Rights. Ms Pinkney’s text throughout brings an added talent to the story: that of poetry. I loved the rhythm of the text as I read it.
The picture book culminates in the March on Washington, with the “I have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mahalia Jackson’s performance at that historical day. I loved how powerful that moment felt as I read the picture book. I had to find the videos of the events to compare. Unfortunately, the audio recording is pretty poor for Mahalia’s song, but it must suffice.
I’m reviewing this now in anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary of the August March on Washington. What a special summer that was for Civil Rights!
Note: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher of Martin and Mahalia for review consideration.
I am busy beginning to track the books I read with Strawberry now. She’s at an age where she is beginning to love books, and look forward to our reading times together. What a wonderful milestone! On the other hand, Raisin is a proficient reader of chapter books now. I find I must remind myself to sit down and read with him too. I feel reading togehter is an important learning time, even for the proficient readers. Raisin is, after all, only five years old still. Parent-child bonding is essential to developing a lasting relationship.
I’ll begin with a few baby books, and segue in to books for my older reader. (more…)
The following children’s book all show how children (or, in one case, penguins) can find their own special talents. By sharing a smile, or doing a small service, one can change someone’s life. I like each of these books for the sweet messages they share, plus they are fun stories! (more…)
Now that he’s reading a mile-a-minute, it’s time to hear from Raisin again! (more…)