|That is my dream! : a picture book of Langston Hughes's "Dream Variation"|
Author: Hughes, Langston
An African-American boy faces the harsh reality of segregation and racial prejudice, but he dreams of a different life--one full of freedom, hope, and wild possibility, where he can fling his arms wide in the face of the sun.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/17)
The Hornbook (00/11/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2017 Illustrator Miyares (Float, 2015) interprets Langston Hughes’ poem “Dream Variation” using a visual narrative that ends on a hopeful note. In the first stanza, he depicts two families—one African American, the other white—experiencing their small southern town in the 1950s. Their encounters on the bus, walking through town, and at the drinking fountain are completely separate, and not necessarily equal. With the second verse, he imagines the same characters in a brighter, integrated world where the children soar aloft on birds, drink together from a stream, and spend a lazy afternoon under the shade of a tall tree. Miyares’ gouache artwork depicts the early scenes using a muted palette, switching to more vivid hues in the second, idealized verse. Birds in flight appear frequently in the imagined landscape, mirroring the freedom the kids feel at being able to play together: “To fling my arms wide / In the face of the sun.” This is a perfect introduction to the Harlem Renaissance poet, and Miyares’ illustrations are sure to generate much thoughtful discussion. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.