In simple words and using experiences young children understand, the book introduces King’s story and his work to end segregation.
Readers learn that Martin, a good student, attended a school in an old building that needed fixing, although the school for white students was new. His family enjoyed eating out, but some restaurants wouldn’t serve them. On the playground, he could drink only out of drinking fountains marked “Colored.”
These things made Martin angry, and when he grew up and became a preacher, he once talked to 200,000 people and told them about his dream:
“I have a
that my four little
children . . . will
not be judged
by the color of
their skin. . . .”
Now children can eat in any restaurant, drink from any water fountain, go to any school, and dream their dreams “just like Martin Luther King, Jr.”
It’s simplistic, but appropriate for little ones.
Moore and Wummer also teamed up on Meet Martin Luther King, Jr., a 2004 picture book for ages 4 -8.