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2010 Award
My Uncle Martin's Big Heart
( by Angela Farris Watkins/illus. Eric Velasquez, Abrams Books $ Score: )

Written by the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this handsome picture book makes the connection between a man of history and a dear relation. Though she was only four when he was assassinated, this personal memoir captures the love he shared with his family and this little niece who loved getting hugs in church from her dear uncle. The paintings are warm and capture the big historic moments along with the more intimate and child centered moments that are so memorable to the author and the reader. The artist has taken one liberty in making the little niece look a bit older than four. But we can accept that since this is a book slightly older children will appreciate. It's sometimes hard to find biography for the very young, but this is an exception. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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