“Martin Rising” by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

If you care for school-aged kids they have undoubtedly read and loved books by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney already.

Martin Rising: Requiem For a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney begins with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, then jumps to his birthday in 1968, just three months before he was assassinated. During those three months, King traveled back and forth to Memphis to lend support to the sanitation workers’ strike, which was spurred when two African-American workers were accidentally crushed to death in a truck compactor. In Memphis, King delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech and with other civil rights leaders led a march that erupted into violence. He was planning another march when he was assassinated.

Martin Rising: Requiem For a King includes poems about the assassination itself, the alleged assassin James Earl Ray, and King’s funeral. Many poems focus on historically significant events, and others touch on King’s personal life, including a tension-releasing pillow fight with other civil rights leaders and his love for his family.

Despite the tragic ending, Pinkney does an exceptional job of allowing the reader to mourn and feel hope for the future.

The illustrations by Brian Pinkney are absolutely stunning. The watercolor backgrounds added even more life and loveliness to each poem.

I highly recommend Martin Rising: Requiem For a King for older children (about 9-year-old and up).

You can purchase your own copy of Martin Rising: Requiem For a King by clicking the title in this book review or by visiting my storefront at https://www.amazon.com/shop/bethebestnannynewsletter

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