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As he did in Underground (2011), Evans distills a critical moment in the fight for racial equality—the 1963 March on Washington—into tight, evocative prose, well calibrated for a very young audience. A boy, a girl, and their parents wake at dawn, prepare, travel, and join a march “to justice, to freedom, to our dreams.” The text itself, but 57 words, tells the story in a clear first-person-plural voice that begins with the young family and soon encompasses the entire assembly. The simplicity of the narrative is matched by Evans’ square, substantial, sunlit paintings, which—with wheelchairs, yarmulkes, and all manner of skin tone—are especially inclusive. The illustrations also depict recognizable faces (Mathew Ahmann, Floyd McKissick, Martin Luther King Jr., and Cleveland Robinson) and iconic landmarks on the National Mall, and conclude with Dr. King delivering the “I Have a Dream” speech with the words “Free at last!” This makes a pivotal event in our nation’s history accessible to our youngest citizens without compromising any of its power. An afterword concludes. Preschool-Grade 1. --Thom Barthelmess --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"[A] well-told and superbly rendered book.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“This makes a pivotal event in our nation's history accessible to our youngest citizens without compromising any of its power.” ―Booklist
“There's an iconic flavor to the scenes, their streamlined compositions and simplified human figures standing in for the experience of many.” ―The Bulletin
“Share with readers of all ages as a beautiful message about peaceful protest and purposeful action.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Many young children know there was a march on Washington a long time ago and that Martin Luther King Jr. gave a famous speech that day. Some know why the march took place; fewer still know how it happened. Using a minimalist text (no more than ten words per page) as he employed in Underground, Evans covers the last two points.” ―Horn Book Magazine
“A moving introduction to a historic day.” ―Publishers Weekly
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