I have a dream

Author King, Martin Luther, Jr
Language English
Publisher
Scholastic Press, 1997







Subjects :

  • United States Race Relations
  • African Americans Civil Rights
  • Civil Rights Movements History

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Best Books :

  • Booklist Book Review Stars, 1998 , None

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
1130L

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 7.1
Interest Level 3-5
Title Point Value 4

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Reviews :

Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz (Children's Literature)
On August 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of his most important and quoted speeches known as I have a dream. In it, King looks beyond the racial turmoil of the day to a future of freedom and justice for African Americans, a time of brotherhood. The speech is printed in its entirety in the back of the book. The enclosed CD is also a recording of the entire speech made by King that day. Nelson has chosen to illustrate just the most famous part, the dream. It concludes with King s exhortation to let freedom ring. All God s children will be able to join hands and sing Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! The large pages are used primarily to house realistic close-up oil painted portraits of King and of illustrations taken from the speech that include children, adults, and scenes from nature. The solidity of the representations reinforces the solemnity of the inspirational speech. 2012, Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children s Books,, $18.99. Ages 8 to Adult.
(PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children s Books, $18.99., PUBLISHED: 2012)

Susan Dove Lempke (Booklist)
Every year when Dr. King's birthday rolls around and during Black History month, short clips from the "I Have a Dream" speech are played and replayed--always the same few sentences presented together with grainy black-and-white images. This new book, which beautifully evokes feelings of hope as well as despair, not only gives readers the opportunity to experience the eloquent speech in its entirety but also to see it anew through the eyes of 15 African American artists who have won the Coretta Scott King Award or received a Coretta Scott King honor book designation. Each artist depicts a portion of the story of the civil rights movement or his or her vision of the meaning of a section of the speech, thus bringing new perspective to Dr. King's words. On the jacket painting, by Leo and Diane Dillon, Dr. King, who is looking toward the sun, stands next to figures holding scales and a gavel, representing equality and justice; King's words about suffering and police brutality are illustrated by Tom Feelings' depiction of a woman covering her eyes in sorrow; and James Ransome shows African Americans and whites together at a long picnic table, the "table of brotherhood." A foreword by Coretta Scott King, a brief biography of Dr. King, and notes from the artists about their contributions round out the book, which clearly reminds us why the rolling, powerful text remains one of the landmarks of American political writing. Category: Middle Readers. 1997, Scholastic, $16.95. Gr. 4-8. Starred Review.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, PUBLISHED: 1997.)

Kirkus (Kirkus)
A handsome edition in which 15 illustrators, Coretta Scott King's foreword, and an appended two-page biography of Martin Luther King Jr. create a unique context for his famous speech of 1963. It is as timely today as it was in the 1960s, and the artists have done the words justice: The astonishing courage required to remain nonviolent appears in George Ford's art for "Meeting Physical Force with Soul Force," while James Ransome provides an idealized, yet attainable banquet for "The Table of Brotherhood." Among the other artists are Jerry Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, Leo and Diane Dillon, Tom Feelings, and Pat Cummings. Adults who heard the speech will experience it anew; children who didn't will be able to place the words in a historical framework. 1997, Scholastic, $16.95. © 1997 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, PUBLISHED: 1997.)

CCBC (CCBC)
An illustrated edition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech during the March on Washington in 1963 has been divided into 15 sections, each one illustrated by award-winning artists. Artists' statements about their tributes following the speech offer insights about their art and their sense of this particular history. Their comments vary widely, as do their visual interpretations of one section of text. The artists are Ashley Bryan, Carole Byard, Floyd Cooper, Pat Cummings, Diane and Leo Dillon, Tom Feelings, George Ford, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, James E. Ransome, Ter a Shaffer, and Kathleen Atkins Wilson. CCBC categories: New Editions of Classic Literature; The Arts; Historical People, Places and Events. 1997, Scholastic, 40 pages, $16.95. Ages 5-adult.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, PUBLISHED: 1997.)

Karen Moroughan (Children's Literature)
Dr. King's moving speech is peacefully rendered here by a special group of artists. Each of these artists have previously won the coveted Coretta Scott King Award. This award recognizes the gifts that African American authors and illustrators give via their art. But the illustrations are only half of the story. They are woven, warp and weft, within the fabric of Dr. King's speech from August of 1963. With this book, we can hear the words and see the dream with fresh eyes for this is a beautifully rich volume, from its luxurious end-pages, to its back matter. Each illustration captures the spirit of Dr. King's message. The illustrations and text call for our memories of yesterday, the possibilities for today, and a hope for a not-too-distant tomorrow. The volume ends with a tribute to Dr. King. The end matter includes a photograph of Dr. King, a short biography, and signed descriptions of each artist's work. 1997, Scholastic Press, $16.95. Ages 11 up.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, PUBLISHED: 1997.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Scholastic Press, 1997

Media Type: Language Material
40p:
305.896
0590205161
9780590205160
9780375987724
037598772X
Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children s Books, $18.99., PUBLISHED: 2012,

Media Type:

9780590205160
9780375987724
0590205161
037598772X

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