THIS IS THE DREAM by Diane Z. Shore

THIS IS THE DREAM

Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A soaring tribute to the accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement in earnest, if sometimes clumsy, verse and mixed-media collage. After opening with a catalog of segregation, from water fountains and busses to schools and libraries, the writers point to the courageous souls who marched across those lines—“These are the passengers, on weary feet / walking until they can choose their own seat”—then close with visions of today’s fountains, tables, busses and classrooms open to all. Ransome illustrates these visions, before and after, with painted figures (some recognizable, others generic) against tumultuous backgrounds and borders that incorporate clipped period photos; he then closes with an array of patriotic symbols. Despite a simplistic implication—countered only by a closing note in smaller type that younger readers may very well skip—that the movement’s work is done, even children unfamiliar with the struggle’s origins and landmark events will come away with profound appreciation for its nonviolent methods, and for its dream of “freedom and justice for all.” (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-055519-X
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Amistad/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2005




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