That Is My Dream!

That Is My Dream!

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Pages: 32

Genres: Poetry, Childrens, Picture Books, Historical

Reads: 5

Downloads: 925

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That Is My Dream!
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Dream Variation, one of Langston Hughess poems about the dream of a world free of discrimination and racial prejudice is now a picture book.


To fling my arms wide

In some place of the sun,

To whirl and to dance

Till the white day is done....



Follow one African-American boy through the course of his day as the harsh reality of segregation and racial prejudice comes into vivid focus. But the boy 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.

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  •    Kazrall Nikin
    2020
    I've always been moved by the poetry of Langston Hughes, and this poem is one of my favorites as well as one that always pleased my students in New Orleans. Whether they loved it because of how it seemed to celebrate the essence of freedom and self-expression or as an evocative call for change, the poem takes on even more significance with the illustrations that show tender love for oneself but also how things were changing since they feature scenes that show how the Jim Crow laws operated. Still, despite those oppressive practices, this family clearly loves one another and enjoys those special moments while dreaming of change. Created with gouache, the soft-colored illustrations gain further significance through the Illustrator's Note explaining how he interpreted the lines.
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