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Review: My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins

By Tina Vasquez, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 7, 2010

My Uncle Martin's Big HeartMy Uncle Martin’s Big Heart:  A Story About Martin Luther King Jr., Through the Eyes of His Niece

by Angela Farris Watkins (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2010)

Source: Publisher

My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart is a heartwarming true story told from the perspective of the author when she was a young girl. To the world, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was an American hero and a pioneering civil rights leader, but to little Angela and her cousins he was imply Uncle M.L., the family man who loved to spend time with his wife Coretta and their four children.

Through the use of intricate, realistic illustrations and personal recollections, Angela sheds light on her uncle’s tremendous personality, his unwavering faith and kindness, and his incredible capacity for love- or as Angela puts it, he was “an ordinary man with extraordinary love.”

For some of us it may be difficult to see Martin Luther King Jr. as a simple family man because of his incredible presence, his history-making speeches, and the vital role he played in the civil rights movement, but even while showing her Uncle M.L. in a more simplistic light, she illustrates just what an amazing man he was.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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