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I Have a Dream



written by
Martin Luther King, Jr.
illustrated by
Kadir Nelson

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Random House
Imprint
Schwartz & Wade
ISBN
9780375958878

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2012, Picture Books; SLJ Best Children’s Books 2012, Nonfiction; 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of history’s most transformative speeches. Here, paired with Kadir Nelson’s paintings, are King’s inspiring words. Includes “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. Full-color illustrations rendered in oil paint.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 11"

Dewey

323.092

AR

4.7: points 0.5

Lexile

1130L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

4

JLG Release

Dec 2012

Book Genres


Topics

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963. Washington, D.C. African American civil rights. Civil rights movements. U.S. history. Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968).

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
This splendidly illustrated tribute comes in time to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic speech given on August 28, 1963. The full text is appended, though Nelson has chosen to illustrate just the latter portion, beginning with the words, “I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” The luminous oil paintings employ a variety of techniques—scenes at the Lincoln Memorial have a sweeping impressionistic quality while other spreads employ the artist’s signature photorealistic style. From the wraparound jacket featuring a powerful image of Dr. King, Nelson makes good use of the large, square trim size and generous design appropriate to illustrate such a significant moment in the Civil Rights Movement. While putting his own interpretative spin on the iconic words, he remains sensitive to King’s intent; for example, several paintings focus on King’s hope that all people will someday live in harmony—a theme that runs through the oration. The layout matches the tempo of the words with dramatic spreads resounding with the refrain “I have a dream,” and the “Let freedom ring” chorus scenes unfold as a creative series of geographic panels. Even after 50 years, this seminal address still has the power to move listeners, and this handsome illustrated version will be welcomed in all collections. Includes a CD of Dr. King’s original speech.—Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Horn Book

In superlative oil paintings, Nelson brings to life Dr. King’s most famous speech, and the one children are most likely to know. Nelson has chosen to illustrate the section that specifically addresses the dream, beginning with the words “I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulty of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” The accompanying illustration depicts Dr. King standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, addressing the crowd at the March on Washington. The pages that follow show scenes from the event as well as more literal illustrations of Dr. King’s words: black children and white children playing together, a black hand clasping a white hand, and his own “four little children.” When we reach the climactic “Let freedom ring…” part of the speech, two stunning double-page spreads show interconnected panels of the “prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire” and the “snowcapped Rockies of Colorado,” ultimately linked with “every hill and molehill of Mississippi,” in a sweeping vista. At the end, we return to a larger-than-life close-up of Dr. King’s impassioned face, the hopeful faces of the audience, and finally white doves flying against a blue sky, representing the words “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” The complete text of the speech is printed at the back of the book, and an accompanying CD is also included [unseen]. Visually, this is a stunning accomplishment that embodies the thrilling inspiration of Dr. King’s words as he first spoke them.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
This splendidly illustrated tribute comes in time to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic speech given on August 28, 1963. The full text is appended, though Nelson has chosen to illustrate just the latter portion, beginning with the words, “I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” The luminous oil paintings employ a variety of techniques—scenes at the Lincoln Memorial have a sweeping impressionistic quality while other spreads employ the artist’s signature photorealistic style. From the wraparound jacket featuring a powerful image of Dr. King, Nelson makes good use of the large, square trim size and generous design appropriate to illustrate such a significant moment in the Civil Rights Movement. While putting his own interpretative spin on the iconic words, he remains sensitive to King’s intent; for example, several paintings focus on King’s hope that all people will someday live in harmony—a theme that runs through the oration. The layout matches the tempo of the words with dramatic spreads resounding with the refrain “I have a dream,” and the “Let freedom ring” chorus scenes unfold as a creative series of geographic panels. Even after 50 years, this seminal address still has the power to move listeners, and this handsome illustrated version will be welcomed in all collections. Includes a CD of Dr. King’s original speech.—Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Horn Book

In superlative oil paintings, Nelson brings to life Dr. King’s most famous speech, and the one children are most likely to know. Nelson has chosen to illustrate the section that specifically addresses the dream, beginning with the words “I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulty of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” The accompanying illustration depicts Dr. King standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, addressing the crowd at the March on Washington. The pages that follow show scenes from the event as well as more literal illustrations of Dr. King’s words: black children and white children playing together, a black hand clasping a white hand, and his own “four little children.” When we reach the climactic “Let freedom ring…” part of the speech, two stunning double-page spreads show interconnected panels of the “prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire” and the “snowcapped Rockies of Colorado,” ultimately linked with “every hill and molehill of Mississippi,” in a sweeping vista. At the end, we return to a larger-than-life close-up of Dr. King’s impassioned face, the hopeful faces of the audience, and finally white doves flying against a blue sky, representing the words “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” The complete text of the speech is printed at the back of the book, and an accompanying CD is also included [unseen]. Visually, this is a stunning accomplishment that embodies the thrilling inspiration of Dr. King’s words as he first spoke them.

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