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Multiple starred reviews greeted this amazing collaboration between Ntozake Shange and Kadir Nelson. As Booklist put it: “Poet and painter have joined forces to offer an indelible, emotional expression of the strength, beauty, and joy of one woman’s character.”

Celebrated poet and playwright Ntozake Shange captures the spirit of Civil Rights pioneer Coretta Scott King in this picture book biography gorgeously illustrated by Caldecott Medal artist Kadir Nelson. 

Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta Scott knew the unfairness of life in the segregated south. A yearning for equality began to grow. 

Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she helped lead change through nonviolent protest. It was the beginning of a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.


  • Item Weight: 1.05 pounds
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0061253642
  • ISBN-13: 9780061253645
  • Product Dimensions: 12.18 x 9.26 x 0.34 inches
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Illustrated Edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Reading level: 4 - 8 years
  • Language: English
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