Daniel Miyares has illustrated a vivid, engaging version of Langston Hughes’ 1924 poem “Dream Variation.” And despite almost a hundred years since it was penned, Hughes’ seventy-seven-word work still rings with truth and dreams. While we don’t have separate drinking fountains (illustrated by Miyares) we certainly still have racial inequality. This book presents an approachable platform to have conversations with young people and also serves as a poignant reminder for adults.
My favorite imagery is Miyares’ use of various song birds, upon which children fly, representing dreams and hope. He pairs this visual metaphor to the words “That is my dream! To fling my arms wide / In the face of the sun, Dance! Whirl! Whirl!” Miyares’ illustrator blog features his artwork in several other books as well as a sneak peek into an upcoming project. His style is evident and consistent in That is My Dream! pairing color, detail and whimsy to elaborate on Hughes’ poem. This book belongs in every library, classroom, and to be read in every little one’s home.
Bienvenidos a Mi Mundo! My name is Megan and I’m a problem solving, decision making, left brain leader by day, simmering right brain artist with crafting ideas waiting to spill over at almost all other times, and a lover making and eating good food and devouring good books. At home I am the mother of 6 hens, a backyard apiary and a one-eyed rescue dog, and the newest edition – a beautiful boy, with who I am absolutely smitten. I have a lifelong love of reading and passion for childhood literacy. I have set this tone with my family through daily reading, special topics and engaging them and those around me in philanthropy focused on fostering reading between parents and children.
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