That Is My Dream!

By: Langston Hughes

Illustrator: Daniel Miyares

Langston Hughes's inspiring and timeless message of pride, joy, and the dream of a better life is brilliantly and beautifully interpreted in Daniel Miyares's gorgeous artwork.

ISBN: 9780399550188

JLG Release: Jan 2018


Sensitive Areas: Segregation

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Awards & Honors

Capitol Choices 2018, Birth to Age Seven
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017

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

Miyares selects a single Langston Hughes poem and builds a visual narrative around it. For the retitled “Dream Variation,” Miyares uses his illustrations to place the poem within a specific historical context before reimagining that context as a colorful utopian permutation. Instead of the 1920s of Hughes’s original publication, M Miyares selects a single Langston Hughes poem and builds a visual narrative around it. For the retitled “Dream Variation,” Miyares uses his illustrations to place the poem within a specific historical context before reimagining that context as a colorful utopian permutation. Instead of the 1920s of Hughes’s original publication, Miyares evokes America in the 1950s, focusing on a black family navigating their segregated town. For the first stanza--a pointedly small dream of serenity amid oppression--Miyares depicts two siblings and their mother riding at the back of the bus, drinking from a segregated fountain, and also enjoying a quiet family picnic with their father. The more energetic second stanza erupts into vibrant fantasy, with the same siblings riding songbirds into the sky and frolicking with two white children in a vision of racial harmony. Miyares’s gouache paintings begin with a subdued color palette, enlivened solely by the family’s bright clothing, before ebbing into a gentle darkness; the fantastical second half vibrates with more electric colors but settles into a similarly lush night for the final line, “Black like me.” The parallel highlights Hughes’s embrace of blackness and makes the dark an affirmation instead of an ending. VERDICT This lovely uplifting iteration of a classic Hughes poem achieves accessibility for a younger audience.—Robbin E. Friedman, Chappaqua Library, NY

Horn Book

Langston Hughes’s 1924 poem “Dream Variation” tells of a wish “to fling my arms wide / In some place of the sun, / To whirl and to dance / Till the white day is done.” Miyares’s gouache illustrations show an African American child (the poem’s narrator) in the segregated South noticing his own family’s Langston Hughes’s 1924 poem “Dream Variation” tells of a wish “to fling my arms wide / In some place of the sun, / To whirl and to dance / Till the white day is done.” Miyares’s gouache illustrations show an African American child (the poem’s narrator) in the segregated South noticing his own family’s experiences on the bus, at the water fountain, etc., compared with those of a white boy and his family’s. Partway through the lyrical piece, the illustrations turn fantastical, now showing black and white children soaring on the backs of large birds, dancing, and enjoying one another’s company. Miyares uses color to enhance his message of unity: illustrations that depict segregation are in muted browns and grays, which contrast with the radiant yellows, tranquil greens, and orangey-pinks of the dreamlike sequence. The boy awakens from this vision holding a single bird feather. Was it a dream? There is much to notice in the way the illustrations of the two families mirror, yet depart from, each other. The sharp irony between words and pictures combined with the simple yet powerful message of hope offered by the dream produces a provocative book that invites children to think about race relations during another time and about the implications for today. julie hakim azzam

Book Details

ISBN

9780399550188

First Release

January 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

811/.54

Trim Size

8 3/4" x 10"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD250L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Schwartz & Wade

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Segregation

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