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My Uncle Martin's Big Heartby Angela Farris Watkins
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In this inspiring story about Martin Luther King Jr.and#8212;told from the perspective of his young nieceand#8212;readers will gain personal insight into one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. As Angela Farris Watkins introduces children to her uncle, she presents them with a rare glimpse into his life at home, including special family moments. What unfolds is a story of character and service to God, family, and mankind, and of how one manand#8217;s extraordinary love changed the history of the United States.
Told with visually stunning art by Eric Velasquez, this is a perfect book for Black History Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and throughout the year.
"In her first book for children, Watkins offers an affectionate tribute to King (known to his family as 'Uncle M.L.'), emphasizing his love of family and laughter. While she notes his accomplishments as orator and civil rights activist, her focus is on personal memories of her uncle, who was killed before the author turned four. The reminiscences are anecdotal: Watkins recalls that King would divert his attention from the congregants who were waiting to greet him after he preached to give her 'a kiss and a great big hug!' And on one visit to her home, 'he was so tired, he fell asleep on our living room couch--with his shoes on! Can you imagine?' More memorable than the theatrical and repetitive narrative are the realistic paintings Velasquez (My Friend Maya Loves to Dance) offers of King, who is shown at work and with his immediate family. In an artist's note, Velasquez explains that he intentionally portrayed Watkins as older than she actually was during King's lifetime; the scenes of uncle and niece together poignantly reveal the bond between them. Ages 4 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
In this inspirational story about Martin Luther King Jr.andmdash;told from the perspective of his niece Angela Farris Watkinsandmdash;readers learn how King used his message of love and peace to effectively fight for African Americansandrsquo; civil rights. The simple yet striking text, along with a timeline and glossary, makes this book an accessible tool for helping a young audience learn about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.andrsquo;s message of nonviolence and his contributions to American history. Includes authorandrsquo;s and artistandrsquo;s notes, timeline, glossary, bibliography, and index.
Awards for My Uncle Martinandrsquo;s Words for America
California Reading Associationandrsquo;s Eureka! Nonfiction Gold Award
Cooperative Childrenandrsquo;s Book Center (CCBC) Choice Award
A young boy wakes. He has forgotten to say his prayers. Outside his window, a beautiful harvest moon illuminates the city around him and its many inhabitants. As the moon slowly makes its way across the heavens, the boy offers a simple prayer for the homeless, the hungry, and others.
Critically acclaimed author Tonya Bolden teams up with awardand#8209;winning illustrator Eric Velasquez to create a richly painted and emotionally complex book that celebrates prayer and kindness while recognizing the diversity of the world around us.
About the Author
Angela Farris Watkins, PhD, is Martin Luther King Jr.andrsquo;s niece. An associate professor of psychology at Spelman College, she lives in Atlanta.
Eric Velasquez, a recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award, among others, lives in Hartsdale, New York.
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