I got chills down my back when I first read this beautiful book, the same kind of chills I get whenever I hear Dr. King's moving speech. Now, highlighting the last part of the speech, the dream excerpt, Nelson has given the words of Dr. King's perhaps most memorable speech delivered on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the thousands of people present for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom new life for younger reader to learn about this historic event and its leader.
This is a inspirational book for kids, kids who were born long after Dr. King's death and for whom he may only be a figure in history and a day off from school. But Nelson's lovely book brings him to life for today's reader and hopefully will instill a new appreciation for the valiant, often dangerous work that was done during the Civil Rights Movement by Dr. King and others. There is a reprint of the entire I Have A Dream speech at the end of the book and a CD of Dr. King giving the speech so readers can hears it has it happened.
But I Have A Dream is also a book for adults, a reminder of the turbulent history of the 1960s and how people can come together as they did in 1963 and bring about change even in a country that sometimes seems as big and as divided as this one can be.
Appropriately enough, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the I Have a Dream speech and I can't help but wonder what Dr. King would think as the nation swears in its 44th president, Barack Obama, for a second term in office on the same day we honor Dr. King's life.
This book is recommended for readers age 5+ but really appropriate for everyone.
I received this book from the author at BEA 2012.
Nonfiction Monday is hosted by The LibrariYAn
This is Book 1 of my 2013 Nonfiction Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy