A Place to Land

h1 December 17th, 2019 by jules

“Upstairs, alone in his suite, surrounded by rough drafts and scribbled notes on yellow legal pads, Martin saw Rosa, Fannie Lou, Emmett, Medgar, the children of Birmingham, and so many others — their faces forever seared into his memory.”
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I’m sending you over to the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott today to read Martha V. Parravano’s superb post on Barry Wittenstein’s A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation (Neal Porter/Holiday House, August 2019), illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. There is so much to love about this book, and Martha captures a lot of it (with regard to the illustrations) in that post. It is here. Happy reading.

Below are a couple more spreads from the book. …


“Martin Luther King Jr. was once asked if
the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. …”

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“They all knew more battles lay ahead …”
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A PLACE TO LAND: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND THE SPEECH THAT INSPIRED A NATION. Text copyright © 2019 by Barry Wittenstein. Illustrations copyright © 2019 by Jerry Pinkney and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, New York.

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