Renowned educator Christine King Farris, older sister of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., joins with celebrated illustrator Chris Soentpiet to tell this “outstanding” (School Library Journal) and inspirational story of how one boyhood experience inspired a movement that would change the world as we know it.
Mother Dear, one day I’m going to turn this world upside down.
Long before he became a world-famous dreamer, Martin Luther King Jr. was a little boy who played jokes and practiced the piano and made friends without considering race. But growing up in the segregated south of the 1930s taught young Martin a bitter lesson—little white children and little black children were not to play with one another. Martin decided then and there that something had to be done. And so he began the journey that would change the course of American history.
About the Author
Christine King Farris is the sister of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the only surviving member of the King family. She is the author of the children's book My Brother Martin and has been on the faculty of Spelman College since 1958. She lives with her husband in Atlanta.
Chris Soentpiet (pronounced: soon-peet) is a recipient of a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators; has received accolades from the International Reading Association, Parents magazine, the American Library Association, the School Library Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Smithsonian; and has been recognized by the American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation. When not painting, Chris visits schools across the country promoting the love of children's literature and the arts. An honor graduate from Pratt Institute of Art, he lives in New York City with his wife. To learn more about Chris, visit his website at Soentpiet.com.
"This outstanding book belongs in every collection." -- School Library Journal
"A very welcome addition to the King story." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A delightful biography for children." -- Ebony
"This is a rare glimpse of the activist as a young boy." -- Essence
"...glimpses of the home that nurtured King's dream." -- Parenting
"Vividly recounted anecdotes show children how this great hero was once a kid like them." -- Child
"Anyone -- especially kids -- can relate to the warm family scenes depicted in the book." -- Teaching K-8