That is my dream! A picture book of Langston Hughes's "Dream variation"

Langston Hughes, 1902-1967

Book - 2017

"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...An African-American boy faces the harsh reality of segregation and racial prejudice, but he 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Poetry
Picture books
Published
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
ISBN
9780399550171
0399550178
Main Author
Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 (-)
Other Authors
Daniel Miyares (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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—one African American, the other white—experiencing 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. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An uplifting picture book inspired by one of Hughes' most celebrated poems, "Dream Variation," features an African-American boy who escapes the harsh realities of segregation and prejudice by dreaming of a life filled with freedom, hope and wonderful possibilities.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“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 wideIn some place of the sun, To whirl and to danceTill 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.