Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X

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There are several books written about Malcolm X as an adult, but very few specifically about his childhood. And for that very reason, Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, chose to tell the story of what life was like for her father when he was Malcolm Little. Shabazz’s words blend together like the woven threads of a tapestry as she relates how her father grew up in a loving and educational household amid racism.

Coupled with this heart-felt yet harrowing narrative are Ford’s impeccable oil paintings, particularly found in the facial expressions that vividly capture every nuance of joy and deep sadness reflected in Malcolm’s childhood, and the special garden that became his “source of knowledge, “where lessons came each day like tiny droplets of sweet morning dew.”

Shabazz’s goal for Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, “is to empower the little ones to feel good about who they are and to encourage them to live up to their highest potential — regardless of life’s circumstances” She not only accomplished this goal, but has left a remarkable legacy not only for the earmarked elementary school-aged readers, but also for generations to come.


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Author Ilyasah Shabazz, AG Ford, illustrator
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 48 pages
Publisher Atheneum
Publish Date 2014-Jan-07
ISBN 9781442412163
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Issue March 2014
Category Children's
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