Martin Chuzzlewit (Martin Chuzzlewit) Martin Chuzzlewit is the title character in Charles Dickens’ sixth novel, “The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit”, originally serialized between 1843 and 1844. It was Dickens’ own avowed favorite of his books, although its reception by the public was a little less than satisfying. Disinherited by his tyrannical grandfather, Martin the First, young Martin is forced to seek menial labor to make his way in the world and, he hopes, win the love of Mary, the indentured caretaker of his grandfather. In the course of his adventures, this rather clueless young man makes his way to the United States in the company of the benevolent Mark Tapley, and encounters many eye-opening situations there (not the least of which is Dickens’ opportunity to skewer Americans). Dickens’ stated purpose in the novel was to exhibit the awful consequences of human selfishness, and so he does, but not without also showing the redemptive consequences of true human interaction, caring and devotion. The final outcome of all the labyrinthian mazes of the plot is the triumph of goodness over evil (however petty) – the final chapters provide us with a sense of having come out of a bad nightmare into a wonderful, waking dream, and dear Martin is at its forefront.
Abraham, Martin and John - a song by Emmylou Harris
Abraham, Martin, and John - a song by Smokey Robinson
Abraham, Martin, and John - a song by Harry Belafonte
Martin - a song by Snuff
Martin's Pretty Girls - a song by The Huntingtons
Martin's Song - a song by the Jayhawks
Martin, Doom! It's Seven O’clock - a song by The Boo Radleys
Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! (Jessica Scott Kerrin) - Martin Bridge usually has a scheme or project under way. In the three school and home stories presented in this beginning chapter book, he sees how a happy surprise intended for one person makes a positive difference for another, figures out what to say to a little girl whose hamster has died, and suffers the consequences of jealousy. Through it all, his parents provide thoughtful guidance. The everyday worlds of school, home, and clubs offer Martin Bridge several opportunities for growth, and his responses are on target for a third grader. Kerrin relates the episodes in a straightforward way that incorporates rich language. Kelly's full-page illustrations and spot art follow the narrative closely enough to support the newly independent readers for whom this book is written. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World (Paul L. Maier) - A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist! Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today. Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Doreen Rappaport) - In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King's own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world's greatest civil rights leaders. From King's youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed one day to "get big words, too," to his death at a garbage workers' strike ("On his second day there, he was shot. He died."), Rappaport imbues the story with reverence. Acclaimed artist Bryan Collier depicts his subject with stunning watercolor and collage illustrations, balancing glorious recreations of stained glass windows with some of the more somber images of peace marchers and the famous bus that pitched Rosa Parks into the civil rights movement. A brief chronology and bibliography provide additional resources for readers. Here is an exquisite tribute to a world hero. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Martin's Mice (Dick King-Smith) - Martin is a farm kitten who likes mice, but not for dinner. Martin likes mice as pets. He catches a pregnant female, Drusilla, and keeps her in a discarded bathtub. As Martin grows up he learns about friendship, loyalty and responsibility; he is shattered when Drusilla escapes at the first opportunity. But not until he, too, is taken from his outdoor life and imprisoned as a pet in a luxurious apartment does Martin perceive the true meaning of freedom. King-Smith adds another winner to his distinguished body of work. The creatures that inhabit his rural universe, intent on their day-to-day lives (but occasionally aspiring to greatness), are sharply and believably characterized; the story is fast-paced and gripping. Recommended for ages 8-11.
The Last Martin (Jonathan Friesen) - The revelation that every time a new Martin is born into his family another one kicks the bucket stuns, bums and ultimately lights a rocket under 13-year-old Martin Boyle. Friesen presents his earnest narrator as a lad sounder the influence of his fanatically safety-conscious mother that he flies into a panic at any encounter with nature ('They're only trees. They're only ugly trees. They're only ugly, boy-hating trees. They're only ugly, boy-hating, hungry---') and wears a portable air bag on the school bus. The discovery of matching birth and death dates for all the Martins in the Boyle family cemetery sends Martin into a tailspin, but with help from a sturdy supporting cast he pulls out and firmly resolves to grab life with both hands while finding a way to break the 'curse,' if he can, in the few months remaining to him until his Aunt Jenny's due date. These helpers notably include Poole, a young vagrant with a relentlessly sunny outlook, and classmate Julia, to whom Martin fears to speak until she takes his developing story about the adventures of a White Knight and his Lady Love and creates gorgeous illustrations. Spiced with plenty of slapstick, the yarn speeds its protagonist through a succession of highs, lows and improbable triumphs on the way to a hilariously melodramatic finish. Recommended for ages 11-13.
Famous People Named Martin - Martin Luther King Jr., (Nobel Prize Winner, Peace); Martin Luther (religious reformer); Martin Van Buren (U.S. President); Martin Brodeur (hockey player); Martin Dihigo (baseball player); Martin Lawrence (actor); Martin Scorsese (film director); Martin Sheen (actor); Martin Short (actor/comic); Martin St. Louis (hockey player)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Martin - Martin Luther King Jr., (Nobel Prize Winner, Peace); Martin Luther (religious reformer); Martin Van Buren (U.S. President)