That Is My Dream!: A Picture Book of Langston Hughes's Dream Variation
That Is My Dream!: A Picture Book of Langston Hughes's Dream Variation

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Annotation: Stunning illustrations accompany the text of the celebrated Langston Hughes poem "Dream Variation," about the dream of a world free of discrimination and racial prejudice.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #147933
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Miyares, Daniel,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-399-55017-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99070-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-399-55017-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99070-8
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2016047525
Dimensions: 23 x 26 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
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 e African American, the other white periencing 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.
Horn Book
Hughes's 1924 poem "Dream Variation" serves as text. Muted gouache illustrations show an African American child in the segregated South comparing his own experiences to those of a white boy; partway through, the illustrations turn fantastical (and radiant), showing black and white children soaring on large birds, enjoying one another's company. A provocative and hopeful book that invites children to think about race relations past and present.
Kirkus Reviews
A quietly powerful picture book that Hughes himself would have adored.Like Charles R. Smith's My People and E.B. Lewis' The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Miyares' rendition of Hughes' famous poem connects intimately with children's lives. In the illustrations alone, Miyares creates the story of a little suspenders-wearing African-American boy who travels to town in the back of the bus with his mother and sister, at the same time developing a mutual interest in a little white boy who rides in the front of the same bus with his mother and sister. The boys sneak glances at each other while on the bus, walking in town, and drinking from water fountains labeled "WHITES ONLY" and "COLORED ONLY." That evening, Dad joins the black family for a picnic. A brown sparrow lands on the boy's finger, prompting a turn in the realistic narrative. The line "That is my dream!" initiates the fantasy. As the sun sets, the two sets of siblings ride on colorful birds (sparrow, goldfinch, bluebird, and cardinal): "Dance! Whirl! Whirl!" together in the sky. Miyares' historically situated watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the tensions of racial segregation, contrasting them against the joy and peace that come from the freedom for all children to make friends who don't look like them. A must-read illustrated poem that breathes new life into Hughes' "Dream Variation." (Picture book. 5-8)
Publishers Weekly
With luminous washes of watercolor and the lyrical language of Hughes-s 1924 poem as his text, Miyares (That Neighbor Kid) presents a resonant vision of an African-American boy who imagines a more just world. Feeling rambunctious (-To fling my arms wide-), the boy boards a bus with his mother and sister to meet his father, a factory worker, for a picnic dinner. As the verse continues--In some place of the sun/ To whirl and to dance/ Till the white day is done--Miyares reveals that the boy lives in the segregated South. Unlike the white family who crosses his path, the boy and his family must sit in the back of the bus and drink from the -Colored Only- water fountain. But in the soft beauty of twilight (-Dark like me-), the boy dreams away these false barriers: Miyares shows black and white children together, magically soaring on giant birds, and (more pointedly) drinking from the same stream. As the stars come out, the reverie ends, but it-s clear that the boy has gained a measure of hope and a reaffirmed sense of his identity. All ages. Illustrator-s agency: Studio Goodwin Sturges. (Oct.)

Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A quietly powerful picture book that Hughes himself would have adored.Like Charles R. Smith's My People and E.B. Lewis' The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Miyares' rendition of Hughes' famous poem connects intimately with children's lives. In the illustrations alone, Miyares creates the story of a little suspenders-wearing African-American boy who travels to town in the back of the bus with his mother and sister, at the same time developing a mutual interest in a little white boy who rides in the front of the same bus with his mother and sister. The boys sneak glances at each other while on the bus, walking in town, and drinking from water fountains labeled "WHITES ONLY" and "COLORED ONLY." That evening, Dad joins the black family for a picnic. A brown sparrow lands on the boy's finger, prompting a turn in the realistic narrative. The line "That is my dream!" initiates the fantasy. As the sun sets, the two sets of siblings ride on colorful birds (sparrow, goldfinch, bluebird, and cardinal): "Dance! Whirl! Whirl!" together in the sky. Miyares' historically situated watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the tensions of racial segregation, contrasting them against the joy and peace that come from the freedom for all children to make friends who don't look like them. A must-read illustrated poem that breathes new life into Hughes' "Dream Variation." (Picture book. 5-8)
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: AD250L

“Dream Variation,” one of Langston Hughes's most celebrated poems, about the dream of a world free of discrimination and racial prejudice, is now a picture book stunningly illustrated by Daniel Miyares, the acclaimed creator of Float.

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done….

Langston Hughes's inspiring and timeless message of pride, joy, and the dream of a better life is brilliantly and beautifully interpreted in Daniel Miyares's gorgeous artwork.
 
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.

Hughes's powerful vision, brought joyously to life by Daniel Miyares, is as relevant—and necessary—today as when it was first written.


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