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A Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr.

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews

Level 2: Reading Independently

- More complex stories
- Varied sentence structure
- Paragraphs and short chapters


Young Martin Luther King Jr. is having some problems with his best friend, Bobby. First, they are going to different schools this year. Next, Bobby's dad is not letting his son play with Martin. When Martin learns why, he is confused and hurt -- but he lea

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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Stephanie James
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved that my 6 year old daughter picked this out and understands it.
Cheryl
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Not sure what lessons a second grader would internalize from this very sad story of how a white child's parents stopped him from playing with a black child (Martin Luther King).

My concern is that this book is for seven year olds and I feel it is unbalanced in its focus on the negative.

Here is where I'm coming from on this:
I have few illusions about this being a perfect world. As a parent, I learned not to trust a stranger to discuss topics like this appropriately with my very young children. M
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Rosa Cline
This is a level 2 children's reader. It is a bit 'choppy' but the storyline was a great one to help teach children what Martin Luther King Jr as a child must have felt and possibly what he had to endure. He didn't know why a neighborhood boy wouldn't no longer play with him. When the little boy finally tells him it's because his dad refuses to let him Martin doesn't understand. So at supper his parents and sister explain about the law that blacks and whites can't be together or do the same thing ...more
Dolly
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
This is a short story for beginning readers that gives an account of an episode in Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood. The narrative is easy to read and the illustrations are colorful and expressive with a textured appearance. We read this book in honor of Dr. King's birthday and we enjoyed learning more about an event in his early life that helped to shape the great man he became.

interesting quote:

"You may have lost a friend today. But I want you to remember that friendship has no color, Marti
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Denesha Allen
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Because Martin Luther King Jr. is a very important and legendary figure, this book is a must have in many classrooms. It's an easy read for students starting at first grade and up. This book fosters valuable information and the illustrations are beautiful.Young readers are introduced to segregation, Jim Crow laws, King's incarceration, protests, speeches and the events the led up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This book also has a glossary in the back to help with difficult words.
Codie Gates
Young Martin Luther King Jr. is having some problems with his best friend, Bobby. First, they are going to different schools this year. Next, Bobby's dad is not letting his son play with Martin. When Martin learns why, he is confused and hurt -- but he learns a lesson that he will never forget.

Another great book to use during February and Black History Month.
Marilyn
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celebration
Cool story about losing a friend because friend's dad said he couldn't play with Martin anymore (because of the color of his skin). Good discussion about treating people differently because of how they look, etc.
J.
AR Quiz No. 75356 EN Nonfiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.2 - AR Pts: 0.5
Shelli
A Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. is a short story for early readers about an time in his youth when he experienced racism. This would be a good book for read aloud or independent reading.
Suz
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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An easily understood story of an episode in Martin's childhood. A good starting point for a lesson on Dr. King that will appeal to younger students.
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