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Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

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Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

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Brian Pinkney

$17.99 US | $21.49 CAN
Available July 30, 2013

Hardcover Ebook
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Age Range: 6 & up
  • Grade Level: 1-17
  • Pages: 40
  • Dimensions: 12" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316070133

  About The Book

They were each born with the gift of gospel.

Martin's voice kept people in their seats, but also sent their praises soaring.
Mahalia's voice was brass-and-butter - strong and smooth at the same time.

With Martin's sermons and Mahalia's songs, folks were free to shout, to sing their joy.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and his strong voice and powerful message were joined and lifted in song by world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It was a moment that changed the course of history and is imprinted in minds forever. Told through Andrea Davis Pinkney's poetic prose and Brian Pinkney's evocative illustration, the stories of these two powerful voices and lives are told side-by-side -- as they would one day walk -- following the journey from their youth to a culmination at this historical event when they united as one and inspiring kids to find their own voices and speak up for what is right.



Praise for Sit-In:
*"Through effectively chosen words, Andrea Pinkney brings understanding and meaning to what four black college students accomplished on February 1, 1960....With swirling swabs of color that masterfully intertwine with sometimes thin, sometimes thick lines, Brian Pinkney cleverly centers the action and brings immediacy to the pages." -SLJ (starred review)

A New York Times bestseller
Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction
Carter G. Woodson Award
A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

Praise for Duke Ellington:

* "The husband-and-wife team captures the spirit of an individual, an era and a musical style." - PW (starred review)

"Brian Pinkney's ... paintings are a harmonious complement to Andrea Pinkney's text ...  It is the blending of words, symbols, and pictures that bring this subject to life." - SLJ

A Caldecott Honor Book.

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

Praise for Boycott Blues
"Color and movement are vibrant components in this extraordinary book about Rosa Parks's efforts to take down Jim Crow. Text and illustration work in perfect sync.... Children unfamiliar with the historic events of the period will find the tale uplifting and memorable, and for librarians, teachers, and parents, this story will read aloud well, mesmerizing listeners." - SLJ

A Parents' Choice Recommended Book.

Praise for Martin & Mahalia:

One of School Library Journal's Best Books of the year
A Booklist Editor's Choice selection
An NCTE Notable book
An ALSC Notable book


Pinkney, Andrea (1521634)

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books for children, including Bird in a Box, Sit -In, Hand in Hand, and Martin & Mahalia.

Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including the Coretta Scott King award winner Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom.