Martin's Big Words The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Book Review by Nadia Graham
(Photo from the book).
This book is written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier. I got this book at a book fair when I was in elementary school and I still remember it now that I'm in middle school. This book is about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It goes from his young days with advice from his mom to his adult life. It also provides different quotes. It mentions Rosa Parks with the Boycott and how he walked with the people to their jobs, schools, and Churches.
There is a lot that I like about this book, from the bold illustration to the wording. There is an illustration in the book where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kneels in the street. I remembered back when I first read the book. I didn't understand the meaning of him kneeling. Now that I am in the present of 2021, I understand it now. His kneeling then represents his message that Black Lives Matter too!
Overall, I recommend this book for everyone. It is an easy read filled with quotes and illustrations.
Thank you and have a great day!
- Nadia Graham
Interviewed by Nadia Graham - September 2020
1. Do you have any encouraging words for the readers?
You’re doing great! This school year has been a challenge whether you’re learning in person or going to school at home. The exposure you’re receiving from learning on various virtual platforms will be a great asset in the future.
Through a few conversations and interactions, she not only gets the, “mean girls,” to stop bullying, but they also become friends.
1. What inspired you to write the book?
I was inspired by my desire to provide a platform for black girls to be exposed to different settings, inspired and educated beyond their daily experiences.
2. Who or what did you think about when you made the characters?
The characters are a mix of the girls I have worked with over the past 25 years and my 3 daughters.
3. Why did you choose the ages 9 through 12?
I chose 9 to 12-year-olds because it is such a difficult age. By reading about how Nyah navigates this space, girls have a point of reference.
4. What is the book series about?
Bougie Girl Chronicles follows the fictitious life of Nyah Nicole Bridges as she attends the prestigious Ellen Stein Finishing School.
5. Why did you decide to make it into a series?
I wrote it as a series because I wanted to deal with numerous tween issues that couldn't all fit in one book.
6. What do you think about when you hear the word "bougie"?
Bougie- Brilliant, Outstanding, Unique, Girls in Elevation.
7. Why did you choose to write a book about etiquette?
Etiquette builds confidence. The more confident a young woman is, the less at-risk behavior she will engage in.
8. How long did it take to write the book?
9. What tip or note do you have for people reading the series?
Open your mind for new experiences and growth.
10. What hardships did you go through in the making of the book?
Through God's grace, the only hardship was ending the series.