I've Seen the Promised Land

The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Walter Dean Myers

On Sale: 12/23/2003

I've Seen the Promised Land

The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Walter Dean Myers

illustrated by Leonard Jenkins

On Sale: 12/23/2003

Format:

Bulletin Blue Ribbon (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

About the Book

A stunning picture book biography of the civil rights icon from the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. Set against key moments of the civil rights movement, here is the story of the powerful, eloquent spiritual leader and his belief that nonviolence could be used as a tool to begin to address racial discrimination.

Walter Dean Myers's moving narrative and Leonard Jenkins's compelling paintings convey a vivid and striking image of the man who moved American society closer to the ideals of freedom and fairness.

"In a clear and cogent manner, Myers frames King's political efforts and his belief in nonviolent demonstration for change with information about the personal consequences to the man and his family. Jenkins's stunning collage artwork dramatically reflects the events described in the narrative." (School Library Journal)

"Jenkins' dramatic, double-page collage illustrations set close-up portraits of the leader against crowd scenes of political marches and violent conflict. Then, after the glory of the March on Washington, there's a double-page spread showing the horror of the Birmingham deaths. The book ends with King's assassination, but words and pictures show his strength and his enduring message against racism and for peace." (Booklist)

"There's always room for another book about the heroic leader, especially when it's a picture-book biography as good as this one." (Kirkus)

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Critical Praise

"Leonard Jenkins's paintings are both novel and striking." - Washington Post

"In a clear and cogent manner, Myers frames King's political efforts and his belief in nonviolent demonstration for change with information about the personal consequences to the man and his family. Jenkins's stunning collage artwork dramatically reflects the events described in the narrative. This book makes an excellent starting point to introduce young readers to King." - School Library Journal

"Jenkins's artwork is potent and explosive, freely melding finely drafted faces with almost photorealistic features, broad swaths of thickly applied media, hasty swirls of streetwise graffiti, superheated colors bursting from shadows, and Biblical imagery befitting a man of the cloth. Do you really need yet another biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? When it's this one, yes, you do." - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"The focus here is on his public image, and words and art combine the essentials of his life story with an overview of the civil rights movement. Jenkins' dramatic, double-page collage illustrations set close-up portraits of the leader against crowd scenes of political marches and violent conflict. Then, after the glory of the March on Washington, there's a double-page spread showing the horror of the Birmingham deaths. The book ends with King's assassination, but words and pictures show his strength and his enduring message against racism and for peace." - Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060277031
  • ISBN 10: 0060277033
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 12/23/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

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