Martin & Mahalia : His Words - Her Song
by Pinkney, Andrea Davis; Pinkney, J. Brian (ILT)






A poetic tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Great March on Washington explores the intersecting lives of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson at the historic moment when their joined voices inspired landmark changes. 50,000 first printing.





Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than 20 books for children, including Bird in a Box and several collaborations with her husband Brian Pinkney, including Sit -In, Hand in Hand,and Martin & Mahalia. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor books, and he has written and illustrated several of his own books. Brian has received the Coretta Scott King Book Award for Illustration and three Coretta Scott King Book Award Honor medals.

Andrea and Brian are a husband-and-wife team who live with their children in New York City.





*Starred Review* Wife-and-husband team Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney match talents as they weave together the stories of two giants of the American civil rights movement. At first the stories are distinct, with alternating, dedicated spreads tracing the individuals' paths as gospel preacher and singer until they meet and combine forces at the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and forge a collaboration that takes them through Martin's most famous speech, at the Lincoln Memorial. Andrea Davis Pinkney establishes careful rhythmic patterns to her text, mirroring the two figures' impact. On one page, Martin SPOKE the gospel. / PRAYED the gospel. / SOUGHT the gospel. / TAUGHT the gospel; and on the subsequent page, Mahalia SANG the gospel. / WORKED the gospel. / LED the gospel. / SPREAD the gospel. Brian Pinkney echoes this parallel approach, establishing a predominant color for each spread in the loose, evocative paintings and typeface for selected text, alternating the colors until the point where the two are united and the contrasting colors combine with rich, resonant vibrancy. Comprehensive back matter, including a time line, a bibliography, a discography, an author's note, and an illustrator's note, rounds out this colorful, inspirational resource. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.





A well-illustrated and meticulously researched story of the inextricably intertwined lives of two important African-American historical figures. From its opening poem, "You Are Here," printed on a simple watercolor map of a road, to its backmatter about the history and art behind the story, this historical account of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and spiritual contralto vocalist Mahalia Jackson delivers inspiration and information equally. Focusing on the gift that each had for gospel, Andrea Davis Pinkney emphasizes the vocal and musical talents that each gained through the church as young people. Brian Pinkney renders Martin's pages in greens and blues, Mahalia's pages in oranges and reds, and the scenes where they come together, as they did in the 1968 March on Washington, in purples and oranges, blending their respective colors to represent their unity and the merging of their talents for the sake of social justice. The visual motif of the white dove, which appears throughout, stands in contrast to the opposition and conflict their work often sparked. Maps of curved streets with directional arrows on which appear words such as "segregation" and "This way to freedom" give the visually rich pages a sense of constant motion. Sure to become an indispensable part of annual Black History Month celebrations and library nonfiction collections on important African-Americans. (Informational picture book. 6-12) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.






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