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M.L.K.: The Journey of a King

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Coretta Scott KingHonor Winner Tonya Bolden focuses her critical eye on Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the tradition of her award-winning book "Maritcha," Tonya Bolden brings words and pictures together to tell the life story of one of America's greatest figures: Martin Luther King, Jr. -- or M.L.K. Central to the story is King's belief that agape -- the selfless love for one'
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Harry N. Abrams
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Dec 08, 2015 Kiya added it
Shelves: nonfiction
M.L.K: The Journey of a King is a book about a man named Martin Luther King Jr, one of the worlds most well known civil rights activist. The story shares the life of Martin Luther King Jr from his childhood to his tragic death. It embraces many of his experiences such as becoming a pastor at a church in Montgomery Alabama, developing his belief that all people should be treated equal, and the struggles and the stressors faced by him and his family. M.L.K wasn't planning on being the civil rights ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Randi rated it it was amazing
There are many M.L.K books in the world now a days but this is one of the better ones I have read. The book is about M.L.K’s life and it starts of in such an engaging way it is explaining what he might have thought of while he was dying. This is such an attention grabber! But besides that this book is great is uses real pictures of Martin Luther King and other players in the civil rights movement. I love how this book even shows people that not many people have probably heard of like Fred Shuttl ...more
Nani Yanagi
M.L.K.: Journey of a King, is the real story of a Martin Luther King during the 1900s. This is a picture/chapter book that explains the life story of Martin Luther King and the impact he had for the black race in America. Martin Luther King originally grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He had supportive and encouraging parents as well as an older sister and a younger brother. Growing up during segregation, Martin felt and saw the devastation of racism. Martin got older and eventually had a family of h ...more
Samantha Holler
“M.L.K. Journey of a King” by Tonya is a biography of Martin Luther King Jr and one of the most well known civil rights activist. The book begins with Dr. King's assassination and discusses his parents and his early education, religious views, and his marriage. This book takes an interesting look at Martin Luther King Jr because it reveals that he wasn’t always planning on being the civil rights activist he’s known as. The book even says that he questioned supporting the Rosa Parks movement. How ...more
The book is about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. from childhood through his tragic death. M.L.K draws the reader in right away by starting with an article from Time magazine on the shooting of Martin Luther King. The author begins with the haunting and interesting fact that witnesses of the murder thought that Mr. King’s last word was “Oh.” The author uses his last word of “Oh” throughout the rest of the story, which I found to be a very interesting and powerful choice. The book was captivat ...more
Araceli Castaneda-Rodriguez
Dec 08, 2015 Araceli Castaneda-Rodriguez rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-rights
At first I thought this book was going to be on the boring side as I read through it I actually enjoyed it. I learned a lot of new things about MLK that I did not know before. I would definitely recommend this book when discussing civil rights or when you just want to learn more about MLK. This book was very easy to read and the book contains a lot of photographs that follow the text perfectly.

Overall, the book focuses on Martin Luther King’s participation in the Civil Rights Movement during the
Dec 09, 2014 Vanessa added it
Shelves: t-l-307
This book is an Orbis Pictus winner from 2008. Bolden wrote about Martin Luther King Junior as a human being, not just as a historical icon. She was very passionate about what MLK did for people and how his actions portray the person he was. Bolden included tons of pictures throughout the book which we felt really made it more interesting. Writing about someone is great, but pairing the descriptions with pictures of that person is even better. It really helps the reader identify feelings for the ...more
Linda Lipko
Apr 20, 2015 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
After watching a wonderful CNN segment live from Selma, Alabama on the 50th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday", I realize that I need to know more about the civil rights movement and the terrible travesty and plight of blacks who, with Martin Luther King, Meggar Evans, and a host of other strongly committed people led the people in demanding what should have rightfully been theirs, ie the right to vote, to sit at lunch counters, to share the same school system, to ride in the front of the bus instea ...more
Danielle Leider
M.L.K: The Journey of a King is a nonfiction book that discusses the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. The words and pictures bring alive the story and create an amazing book. It goes through the speeches, the marches, him being arrested and his influence on the civil rights movement. He worked to end segregation with peace and he ran into many roadblocks, but with help from friends, family and the community around him, he could make a difference. He helped with the Civil Rights ...more
Sandra Mendoza
M.L.K Journey Of A King written by Tonya Bolden brings words and pictures together to tell the life story of one of the greatest civil rights figures in America: Martin Luther King. The book is divided into three parts with more than 80 photographs of M.L.K preaching, leading marches, being arrested and overcoming violence and prejudice around him. The book explains in great detail how M.L.K fought for the right to be treated with equality. King became a major figure in this movement. In this bo ...more
Jen Van Allen
Apr 24, 2016 Jen Van Allen rated it really liked it
MLK: The Journey of a King which is the retelling of the life of possibly one of the most influential men in history: Martin Luther King Jr. Bolden’s book is a combination of pictures and text to help readers get a better understanding and interpretation of the life of MLK. Possibly the most powerful part of this book was the way that the book spanned from Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood through his death. This book covers MLK’s life as a pastor in a church in Alabama, joining the boycott, su ...more
Taylor Shanda
Dec 08, 2014 Taylor Shanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: orbus-pictus
The Journey of a King is one of many biographies about Martin Luther King Jr. It tells his story form early childhood to his rise to prominence as a major leader of the civil rights movement. It tells in detail his beliefs and struggles and what he stood for during this major movement in American history. While telling his story it uses detailed illustrations and real images from the time period to supplement Dr. King's story. Another great one while discussing the civil rights movements, studen ...more
Erika Bowden
Dec 09, 2015 Erika Bowden rated it really liked it
MLK: The Journey of a King, by Tonya Bolden, won the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award in 2008. This book is a biography about Martin Luther King Jr. and all the contributions he made during the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Throughout his journey of attempting to end segregation. Martin Luther King Jr. faced many obstacles and people who tried to stop him. The book focuses a lot on the fact that MLK wanted nonviolent protests because he wanted people to come together as one and unit ...more
Bailee Loewen
Apr 21, 2016 Bailee Loewen rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This is an insightful biography on the inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. I enjoyed this book because it was stood apart from most that I have read because it went in to depth about how and why he became who he was. Most books I read focus on during and after he became a historical figure. He had high ideals for society and with great dignity and strength he didn't engage with society in violent ways like he could have. I thought the photos were a great addition to the biography--they included ...more
Samantha Meyer
Apr 23, 2012 Samantha Meyer rated it liked it
Shelves: eced-221
M.L.K.: The Journey of a King is the complete biography of Martin Luther King Jr the most well known civil rights activist of the movement. The book starts with Rev. Dr. King's assassination and a flash back into his life. It goes back to his parents and his education. The it progress to his religious enlightenment and his marriage. When he moved to Montgomery Alabama and accepted a pastoral position, he had no idea that he would become the face of the civil rights movement in Alabama. He
Feb 21, 2012 Darius rated it really liked it
The title of this book is called M.L.K a journey of a king, and the author is Tonya Bolden. I would rate this book 4 star because it tells the entire history of a man who changed the face America forever by giving everyone equal rights and used non violence. The story started when M.L.K witnessed that his race was treated unequally, and his journey started when he made great speeches in different states in america. He got rid of the bus law, the bathroom law, and many others using a method of no ...more
Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy
Nov 30, 2013 Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
M.L.K. Journey of a King is biography about Martin Luther King Junior. It has an interesting perspective because it starts off with M.L.K’s assassination and death where it goes into a flashback of what he did during his life. This book also improvises M.L.K’s stance on love, page 29 it talks about how he must love unconditionally everyone to be able to help anyone in the long run. The book is infused with pictures of him, his family, his friends, and important events that happened to him in his ...more
Erika Arechiga
Nov 13, 2013 Erika Arechiga rated it really liked it
M.L.K.: Journey of a King by Tonya Bolden is a complete biography that tells the story of Dr. King and his life through captivating pictures and easy-to-read information. Dr. King was one of the most known activists during the Civil Rights movement, and his life from childhood to his assassination is told through this informative book. Bolden uses many color pictures to support the information she writes about Dr. King’s life. This book’s design steals the show and is just another example of thi ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Journey of A King is an in-depth biography of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This book features a combination of over 80 real photography’s and text to go along with them. It starts of with his assassination and then a flash back into his life; from the beginning with his parents and education, to his religious learning and marriage. It then goes into his involvement with the civil rights and his firm belief in peaceful protest and non-violence to those who opposed him. It goes on to de ...more
Ellen Shackley
Nov 26, 2012 Ellen Shackley rated it it was amazing
Genre: Biography

Summary: This is a book about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It captures all of the memorable events that occurred from his birth to his death.

A. Area of Focus: Theme

B. The author effectively and clearly presents a theme in a genre that can sometimes be difficult to present a clear theme. The author ties every story told and event mentioned back to practicing agape, or unconditional love.

C. The term is first mentioned on page 29; after his home is bombed, King decides that he must
Suzanne Gust
Tonya Bolden does an amazing job of bringing both words and pictures together to tell the story of Martin Luther King, Jr., or “M.L.” as she refers to him in the book. The text is not textbook text, but tells a story in a fascinating way that pulls the reader in. The pictures are beautiful black and white photographs, and each captures more than words could ever say. This book has more than 80 photographs of M.L.K. preaching, leading marches, being arrested, and overcoming the violence and preju ...more
Katherine Roush
Oct 06, 2015 Katherine Roush rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Genre: Juvenile nonfiction, biography
Format: Print
Plot: Bolden follows the life of MLK, from his early childhood to his assassination. An honest book, that's careful to stay on topic and keep digressions within "spotlights" that give a short history of moments within the civil rights movement.
Readers advisory: Racism, violence, death, religious undertones
Review citation: SLJ, 2007
Source: 2008 Orbus Pictus Award winner
Recommended age: 10-14
Angelina Perez
Dec 02, 2013 Angelina Perez rated it really liked it
This book is show in the witting and in the pictures that illustrates Dr. Kings life events. The story is told consecutive by dates. The author logically develops time sequence by starting the book with Dr. King’s childhood to the time of his death. The words and the pictures together tell the story of Martin Luther King Jr. The book does not take form of a textbook, instead it tells the story in interesting that keeps the reader engaged. For example, the picture in page (45) illustrates how KKK ...more
Hattie Woods
Oct 19, 2014 Hattie Woods rated it really liked it
Though simplified to MLK's work rather than his person, this is gorgeously written! Lots of great quotes--MLK was so eloquent!--and Tonya Bolden's history is full of daring figurative language.
May 01, 2013 Olivia rated it really liked it
Every page I turned I learned something new about Martin Luther King Jr. that I never knew before. Tonya Bolden not only writes about his inspiring life and his journey, but she also includes pictures from the Civil Rights era that gets the reader to see what exactly was going on at that time. This great non-fiction book gets five stars from me because it teaches the reader not only about Martin Luther King, but his journey and what he had to go through for people to listen to his great message. ...more
Adam Utehs
This was a book that i enjoyed. This book showed more of the ideals and what Dr. King had to go through during his attempt to bring people together and love thy neighbor. This book would work great in the classroom to show how the civil rights movement worked on Dr. King's end of the spectrum. It would also be a way for children to compare other leaders like Malcolm X, and do see their different viewing styles. I would recommend this novel to anyone who has an interest in the Civil Rights moveme ...more
Judi Paradis
Dec 19, 2009 Judi Paradis rated it really liked it
This is not the first book kids should read about Martin Luther King, Jr. because it assumes that you know some things about him. But if you DO know some things about Dr. King, this book will give you wonderful details about his life that help him seem more of a real human and less of a "holiday hero." The photographs in the book are amazing, and you learn about the very many heroic people who worked with Dr. King to advance the cause of Civil Rights. An excellent biography for kids in grades 5 ...more
Using historical photographs and text, this in-depth biography of Martin Luther King goes deeper than most general children’s biographies. I particularly liked the images of his childhood and home because I think kids can relate to these and compare the pictures to their own lives. The back includes a helpful timeline and notes. It is definitely suited for older readers, but the pictures alone may be a good resource for younger readers.
Laura Sims
Jun 12, 2013 Laura Sims rated it it was amazing
This is a non-fiction picture book that tells the story of Martin Luther King, Jr., offering insight to the man behind the legend. It has good information about the events surrounding his life, including some information of which I was unaware. I also enjoyed the unique perspective from some of his poignant words. The photographs are great and go well with the author's words.
Jun 19, 2013 Becca rated it really liked it
Great Photobiography of Martin Luther King. It was full of information that I didn't know, and the pictures were very emotional. It was a pretty easy read because it is geared toward young readers, but adults would benefit just as much from reading it.
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