Book Review – Martin & Mahalia: his words, her song

Book: Martin & Mahalia: his words, her song

Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2013

Martin & Mahalia: his words, her song is a nonfiction picture book with beautiful artwork, poetic language, and smooth, easy-to-read-aloud text. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahalia Jackson shared a united vision and reached audiences with their gifts of speech and music. This book touches on their youth, mentions the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and climaxes with the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It is rich in backmatter including author and illustrator notes, selected discography, and an illustrated timeline. I recommend sharing a recording of “We Shall Overcome (Album Version)” by Mahalia Jackson when sharing this book with your students.

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