Winter -- Martin Luther King Day

Murphy, Patricia J.  OUR NATIONAL HOLIDAYS.  Let's See series.
    Minneapolis:  Compass Point, 2001.  24p.  0-7565-0194-6; lib.bdg., $18.60
    2001-004484     Gr. 1-2    394.26

    After an explanation of a national holiday, including our first one, Independence Day; six other holidays are explained with a photo on one page and an explanation on the other.  The holidays, in order by month, are:  Martin Luther King , Jr. Day; Presidents' Day; Memorial Day; Columbus Day; Veterans Day; and Thanksgiving.  There is a glossary of five terms, three points in the "Did You Know?" section, and a bibliography section called "Want to Know More?" that includes three books, two web sites, and addresses for Plimoth Plantation and Independence National Historical Park  An index concludes the book.  Because many businesses are closed on Christmas and there is no mail delivery, it could be considered a national holiday.  However, the definition, "On national holidays, Americans celebrate their history" excludes religious holidays. This is an easy-to-read book about our historical holidays.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Wukovits, John F.  MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.  Illus with photos.  The Importance of Series.
    San Diego: Lucent, 1999.  112p.  1-56006-483-8; lib.bdg., $22.45     98-36197     Gr. 4-10     92

      "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I'm free at last!"  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave us many gifts of love and wisdom to live by.   This book reminds readers of these words of wisdom.  Wukovits begins by tracing the origin of King's beliefs–growing up in a segregated south, seeing irrational acts of violence put upon blacks, experiencing inequities in his own education, and finally his death and subsequent legacy.   Many black and white photos are spread throughout the text with side notes that are self-explanatory.  This is a must for all teachers addressing the topics of racism and the fight for equality.
     Charlotte Oshe; Children's Assistant, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
      4 years of experience working in libraries

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