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The Cart That Carried Martin



by
Eve Bunting
illustrated by
Don Tate

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Charlesbridge
Imprint
Charlesbridge
ISBN
9781580893879

Awards and Honors
Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2013, Picture Books; Booklist 2014 Top 10 Books for Youth, Black History: 2014 IRA Teachers’ Choices, Intermediate Readers
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“Ordinary mules for an ordinary funeral. . . . That was what he wanted.” A simple, borrowed cart and two mules transported Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s coffin. Author’s note. Information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Full-color photograph and illustrations rendered in pencil and gouache.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Dewey

323.092

AR

3.6: points 0.5

Lexile

570L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Jan 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). Death and burial. Twentieth-century U.S. history. Carts. Mules. Atlanta, Georgia.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Bunting’s quietly sorrowful prose is rather like free-verse poetry, maximizing the power of the story of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral with minimal language. This event needs no adornment; from the soaring hymns sung in Ebenezer Baptist Church to the size of the crowds along the procession route to the humble farm cart that carried King’s body, the details of the day speak forcefully to the impact of this man on society. Bunting focuses in particular on the rough-hewn cart, borrowed from a junk store and given a coat of green paint for the procession from the church to Morehouse College. The cart was hitched to a pair of mules and guided through the streets of Atlanta, carrying the civil rights leader’s body past thousands of mourners, whose hushed reverence is echoed in Bunting’s sparing, soft narrative. Tate also employs a quietness in his artwork. Whereas bold colors would suit a book about King’s activism, the soft wash of the illustrations is appropriate to his silenced voice and the stillness of his grieving followers. This beautiful presentation, centered on a humble detail, is a gentle, stirring introduction to what Martin Luther King, Jr.—and his loss—signified.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Bunting’s quietly sorrowful prose is rather like free-verse poetry, maximizing the power of the story of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral with minimal language. This event needs no adornment; from the soaring hymns sung in Ebenezer Baptist Church to the size of the crowds along the procession route to the humble farm cart that carried King’s body, the details of the day speak forcefully to the impact of this man on society. Bunting focuses in particular on the rough-hewn cart, borrowed from a junk store and given a coat of green paint for the procession from the church to Morehouse College. The cart was hitched to a pair of mules and guided through the streets of Atlanta, carrying the civil rights leader’s body past thousands of mourners, whose hushed reverence is echoed in Bunting’s sparing, soft narrative. Tate also employs a quietness in his artwork. Whereas bold colors would suit a book about King’s activism, the soft wash of the illustrations is appropriate to his silenced voice and the stillness of his grieving followers. This beautiful presentation, centered on a humble detail, is a gentle, stirring introduction to what Martin Luther King, Jr.—and his loss—signified.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

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