Book Review: March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
March On! is about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and how he changed the world.
The story was written by Martin's sister, Christine King Farris. She writes about what Martin was like as a boy and their mother's advice to not "go sticking out your chest, all puffed up and proud." I think this is good advice for all of us.
Farris also wrote about her brother as a grown man, and about how he would write his speeches, not stopping for food or rest. People came from all over the country just to hear his speeches because his words were so powerful – just like a king's.
March On! highlights a lot of important people who also helped in the civil rights movement, including James Farmer, John Lewis and Whitney Young. Mahalia Jackson was a famous singer and she also worked to influence the crowds, proving that while one person can organize a group, a lot of people can make a difference together.
The book is a quick and easy read, but the art is "Wow!" and brings the true story to life. March On! shows how one man's speeches, thoughts and opinions changed the world. It is a good reminder – and inspiration - that what one person thinks and says does matter.
Be sure to check out Jeremy's interview with illustrator London Ladd and a March On! video presentation featuring the artwork London Ladd did for the book!
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