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I Have A Dream Hardcover – November 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1130L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590205161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590205160
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K Up. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s classic speech is creatively illustrated by 15 Coretta Scott King Award-winning artists. Signed statements from the artists explain the emotions they were tying to capture and why and how they used certain colors and tones. The size and medium of the original art are given. This book evokes the sound of King's voice as it was captured on that historic August day in 1963. Although some pictures are more touching and sobering than others, from cover to cover this is a beautiful book. A foreword by Coretta Scott King is included. A biographical sketch, preceded by a black-and-white photograph, highlights critical events in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life.?Marie Wright, University Library, Indianapolis, IN
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 4^-8. Every year when Dr. King's birthday rolls around and during Black History month, short clips from the "I Have a Dream" speech are played and replayed--always the same few sentences presented together with grainy black-and-white images. This new book, which beautifully evokes feelings of hope as well as despair, not only gives readers the opportunity to experience the eloquent speech in its entirety but also to see it anew through the eyes of 15 African American artists who have won the Coretta Scott King Award or received a Coretta Scott King honor book designation. Each artist depicts a portion of the story of the civil rights movement or his or her vision of the meaning of a section of the speech, thus bringing new perspective to Dr. King's words. On the jacket painting, by Leo and Diane Dillon, Dr. King, who is looking toward the sun, stands next to figures holding scales and a gavel, representing equality and justice; King's words about suffering and police brutality are illustrated by Tom Feelings' depiction of a woman covering her eyes in sorrow; and James Ransome shows African Americans and whites together at a long picnic table, the "table of brotherhood." A foreword by Coretta Scott King, a brief biography of Dr. King, and notes from the artists about their contributions round out the book, which clearly reminds us why the rolling, powerful text remains one of the landmarks of American political writing. Susan Dove Lempke

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This book covers just about the whole thing.
Luvtolearn
This is a beautiful book - the illustrations add so much depth to the words of MLK's speech - fantastic for reading aloud.
SJCB
I would recommend this book for older children and adults.
Vera Blaz

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By booknblueslady on September 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What better gift can a parent give a child than a vision of a free and just future. This beautiful book is the illustrated text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's speech given in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.
The text of King's inspirational speech is illustrated by 14 African American artists/illustrators. Each illustration is attractive and deftly illustrates points in Dr. King's speech. Any of the illustrations could well serve as pictures for someone's wall. Every illustration is noteworthy and inspirational. I love the cover illustration by Leo and Diane Dillon. Other illustrations that I am moved by include You Have Been the Veterans of Creative Suffering by Tom Feelings and The Table of Brotherhood by James E. Ransome.
This book would serve well for a method to introduce children to Martin Luther King. Whether as a teacher or parent you choose to read the whole text of the speech or discuss King's life and his importance in American history, may depend on the age of the child. While the recommended ages for reading are 4 to 8, a four year old may not understand the message. Certainly, this book would serve as a tool for older children or even adults to get to know King and his message.
I think that every American should read the text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I have a dream speech. It is as deeply meaningful and powerful today as it was in 1963. What better way to preserve the memory of Martin Luther King's speech than owning a copy of this book either for your children or yourself. This is a truly beautiful book which would be a great and lasting addition to a children's library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vera Blaz on February 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I introduced this book to my fourth graders before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The pictures served as a dramatic representation of what Dr. King wanted. My students were inspired by the art work displayed in the book. However, the speech was over and beyond what my students could understand. I would recommend this book for older children and adults. I appreciated having his speech in its entirety and not just the snippets we usually hear.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on November 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Don't be fooled by the fact that this is marketed as a children's book: "I Have a Dream" will appeal to readers of all ages. In this book the full text of Martin Luther King's famous speech is accompanied by 14 superb works, most of them in full color, by 15 different artists.
The book contains a thoughtful forward by Coretta Scott King and a brief but informative biographical supplement about Dr. King himself. A magnificent black-and-white photographic portrait of Dr. King in his oratorical mode serves as an effective complement to the rest of the book's illustrations. Also noteworthy are the final pages of the book, in which the artists briefly share their personal thoughts about Dr. King's legacy and about their contributions to the book.
The power of Dr. King's speech is greatly enhanced by the beautiful artwork of this book. The pictures encompass many different artistic styles and techniques. Each one is a masterpiece which invites the reader to return and reflect upon it.
As I noted at the start of the interview, this book should be enjoyed by both adults and children. It would make a wonderful gift for individuals interested in the civil rights movement, in African-American history, in multiculturalism and racial reconciliation, or in contemporary art. This book is a fitting tribute to one of the 20th century's most influential visionaries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The artwork in this book is breathtakingly, hauntingly beautiful- I'm trying to track down posters of some of the paintings. Children may not understand the implications in all the paintings, but this is a book for the entire family.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The beautiful illustrations show Dr. King's speech as a dream that is achievable. The image of prayer winning over violence is so powerful that it gives inspiration and hope. The Table of Brotherhood need not be a fantasy, but already is becoming a reality in many parts of the country, as Race Unity Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of June. Share this book with everyone you know who understands what it is to be a member of our HUMAN race, and share the hope. Take it to school, take it to wherever you worship, take it to work... Then take some action to make the dream become a reality!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a beautiful piece of literature. It is pictorial representation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. All of the illustrators are winners of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration. It is a great teaching tool for elementary children to be introduced to MLK and civil rights. I also read to my high school students and they love it too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
� I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of creed�. That all men are created equal�. Most of you have probably heard of this speech from many of Martin Luther King Jr. books, and probably have heard the amazing story a million times. But hearing what his wife has to say about all of the changes and differences that he has done is like having a big serving of your favorite food. If you like poetry or bubble bursting stories you�ll adore this book. She tells you a variety of things from sad, bad, and, exiting things. Also on top of all of that the pictures are wonderful and they tell a lot of what has to do with the passage. This book will lift you from your seat and you�ll never know, because this book will take you away. I don�t care who you are but this book is for you so get it, its waiting!
This book was written by: Correta Scott King
The title was: I Have a Dream
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