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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Illustrates part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech so that kids will understand its key points. A two-page spead shows a panorama of the historical event of the at which King gave the speech: the great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, on Aug. 28, 1963. The full text of the speech is included at the back of the book.
All men are created equal, people of different races, creeds and backgrounds should be able to sit down together and join hands as brothers and sisters, people should be judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character, have faith that justice will come, carve hope out of despair, stand up for freedom, let freedom ring everywhere in our country.
Positive Role Models
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great leader of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and a great American hero. He brought people of different races and backgrounds together and helped change America. His "I Have a Dream" speech shows how eloquent and inspiring he was as a speaker.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Have a Dream illustrates excerpts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington in 1963. Author-illustrator Kadir Nelson won a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for this picture book. Families should be prepared to discuss the civil rights movement of the 1960s, discrimination, the legacy of slavery, and King's assassination.
Is It Any Good?
With vivid panoramas and moving close-ups, award-winning author-illustrator Kadir Nelson amplifies the meaning of King's words. There are close-up portraits of King's face as well as pictures of black and white kids and adults together, holding hands and standing up for freedom, justice, and equality. Even if you feel you've heard this speech a million times, Nelson's stunning full-color paintings give it new life, underscoring the intensity and raw truth of King's message. The pictures are big and bold and the text spare, so even little kids can grasp the historical moment and its lasting impact.
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