“Coretta’s mother, Bernice, believed that education was the key to a better life. She encouraged her children to work hard in school.” page 11
History Maker Bios: Coretta Scott King by Laura Hamilton Waxman, illustrations by Tad Butler.
Originally published by Lerner Publishing Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota, my edition Barnes & Noble, New York, 2008.
Biography, 48 pages including extras and index.
Lexile: 720L .
AR Level: 4.5 (worth 1.0 points) .
A biography of Coretta Scott King, best known as the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., although she was a civil rights activist herself as well.
Not long ago, I came across a Barnes and Noble that had all these little History Maker Bios and quite a lot of Sterling Biographies on clearance for a dollar each! I spent a happy hour picking out all the African American ones.
“things nature never intended / a child to see / haunted them / tragedy accompanies growth / no matter who we are” p. 22
Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
Amistad imprint, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2009.
Biographical poem picture book, 30 pages.
Lexile: not leveled
AR Level: 4.9 (worth 0.5 points)
Note: this book is an illustrated poem.
Ntozake Shange has written a poem and Kadir Nelson has illustrated it in this gorgeous, but non-traditional biography.
I’m not quite sure what I expected from this book. Probably something more like Martin’s Big Words because the cover style looked similar to me. Actually, it was quite different and I have some mixed feelings about it. I’ve ordered another, more traditional children’s biography of Coretta Scott King which I’m hoping will compliment this one nicely.