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I Have a Dream

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A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing "I Have a Dream" speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who w
ebook, 40 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Schwartz & Wade (first published August 24th 1973)
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Kendra.McGee A heartfelt prophetic message about peace, love, and equality among all races.

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Ken Moten
Ahh yes, I remember this book. I got it when it first came out in '97, it was the biggest (in terms of length/size) I owned as it was made in the style of books you put on your living room table. The book contains the full speech supplemented by specially commissioned pictures that were interpreting a quotation from the speech. At the end was a commentary on the pictures, in which we are told what the artists were trying to capture.

As for the actual speech, I do not know what more to add to the
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Until I've read this speech in its entirety I didn't know that before the mesmerizing I Have a Dream I Have a Dream and Let Freedom Ring Let Freedom Ring passages here Martin Luther King Jr. had used some similes, likening the Negro then to someone cashing a check, or collecting a debt under a promissory note which is the American constitution.

This is also perhaps where President Obama patterned his Yes We Can Yes We Can inaugural speech.

There is, indeed, a strong emotional pull on speeches tha
May 05, 2012 Kayce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His words, taken on their own, give me chills and bring tears to my eyes. But seeing Dr. King's beloved speech coupled with the beautiful paintings of Kadir Nelson is absolutely breathtaking. A must have for every classroom, school library, and personal collection.
Apr 17, 2015 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I didn't really read this Kindle book but read the text online after watching the speech on YouTube.

Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my heroes, and it seemed appropriate to listen & read his words today in honor of his memory on MLK day. Sadly, so much is still apposite 50+ years later. This passage in particular struck me:

"We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality."

In the intervening years, this aspect of racism doesn't seem
Angela Juline
Jan 08, 2015 Angela Juline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time actually reading the entire beautiful! I couldn't help but feel sad, that despite the progress that has been made, there is still so far to go.
Katie Ulmen-Smith
Mar 20, 2016 Katie Ulmen-Smith rated it it was amazing
I Have A Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, artwork by Kadir Nelson; Random House 2012 (original text 1963); Pages:20; Genre: Speech/Historical; Grade level:K-3; Lexile Level: 1130; Guided Reading Level:Q

In this beautiful abridged, picture book copy Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech comes alive. Originally written and spoke on August 28, 1963, Dr. King hoped that someday all people would receive equal rights that they deserved. Spoken at a Civil Rights rally, Dr. King inspired those around hi
Garrett Reimers
1. Think back to the book What Was Your Dream, Dr. King? What do you remember about Dr. King? (Let students respond) That is right he said "I have a dream!". In this book we will hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s original speech or dream that he had. He had a dream in which he shared his vision for what the world would be like without segration. As we read think about how you can connect this book with another book that we have read.

2. The talk moves that I used are activating prior knowledge be
Apr 20, 2015 LauraR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mc-literature
As a children’s picture book, I commend the illustrator on creating this extraordinary piece of literature. Although Martin Luther King Jr. is the author of this story, the way in which a time in history was broken down into shorter, understandable elements, is remarkable. This story highlights Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech delivered in August in 1963, and selects certain quotes from his speech that were powerful and inspiring. Large, full-page images are created in order to bring those quotes ...more
Laura Verret
I laid out ten cents for this book thinking that it was a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Instead, it turned out to be something far more beautiful. I Have a Dream contains exactly that – the famous speech Dr. King delivered on August 28, 1963 to gathered hordes of Americans. And even better yet, the speech is set off with the paintings of fourteen different artists who all wished to pay honor to Dr. King’s memory through their contributions.

Various people may argue over the degree to which
Jim Erekson
Feb 14, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Nelson took on an ambitious project, and made some fine choices. The cinematic techniques are what strikes me most. As I read I moved back and forth between establishing wide shots, medium range shots, and close-ups. Some of the close ups and wide shots are extreme. The cover and the pages with the line "From every mountainside, let freedom ring!" are extreme close ups. Extreme close up has two effects visually. 1. It magnifies the value and intensity of the person being represented (obvous), an ...more
Alex Baugh
Jan 21, 2013 Alex Baugh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: randomly-reading
*This review was written on January 21, 2013, which is both MLK Day and Inauguration Day*

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day in the United States and what better way to pay tribute to him than to remember his life and his words. And in Kadir Nelson's stunning book I Have A Dream, you can do that.

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,
Nov 28, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
The power of Martin Luther King’s words meet the beauty of Nelson’s art in this luminous picture book. Using lines pulled directly from the latter part of King’s famous I Have a Dream speech, Nelson shows young readers how history was made that day. From King himself standing before the Lincoln Memorial to the seas of people listening, people of all colors standing side-by-side. Kadir moves back and forth between capturing the magnificence of King and his speech to images of what the world being ...more
Emily Hynes
Jan 30, 2013 Emily Hynes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
There could be no better pairing than the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the illustrations of Kadir Nelson. The forty page picture book comes with a CD of King's famous "I have a dream" speech from 1963, allowing the reader to hear the prosody with which he spoke, that drew in so many listeners from that point forward.

The illustrations equal the intensity of the speech/text, with dramatic angles and lighting of realistic paintings that place you into that moment in 1963. Some pages il
Valerie Lurquin
Jun 04, 2015 Valerie Lurquin rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved the illustrations throughout this book! Kadir Nelson painted such a beautiful image of Dr. King and the March on Washington. The images were just perfect even down to the emotion shown in Dr. King's face as he gave his speech. I listened to this on CD as I looked along through the illustrations and it just brought the speech to life. It was quite inspiring for me and it would definitely inspire our young students during a study of this time period. It is well deserving of the ...more
Anthony Mancia
Nov 20, 2015 Anthony Mancia rated it it was amazing
it was a good book it tells you a lot martin how he grew up how he live i recommend this book to people who like to know about martin Luther king Jr
Jan 18, 2016 Eleanor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's only a picture book and it's just the speech but the mix of the words with the illustrations in this edition are stunning!
Every page in this gorgeously illustrated book evokes the memory of Dr. King and the power of his words and speech to inspire others to work toward change. The entire "I Have a Dream" speech is in the back of the book, and the oil illustrations accompany excerpts from that speech given in August 1963. Several of the pages made me well up emotionally at how far we've come and how far we have to go. I loved the two pages with two hands, one white, one black, clasped in friendship and imagined the ...more
Apr 12, 2016 Kayla added it
This book is about Martin Luther King Jr. and all he wanted in life. Martin Luther Jr. did not think about himself by any means. He had one dream and that was for all people no matter what their color was to be appreciated and treated equally. He wanted black to have the opportunity to go to white schools and drink out of the same drinking fountain as them. Many people fought against Martin Luther Jr. but he continued to fight for what he wanted. He was not going to stop until his dream came tru ...more
Caitlin O'Connor
The text of this book is simply different excerpts from the actual “I Have A Dream Speech” given by Martin Luther King, Jr. The text is broken up across pages with beautiful illustrations. At the end of the book the entire speech is printed across two pages. The messages shared in the book are the hopes and dreams of Martin Luther King Jr., such as that he dreams of a day where is kids will be judged by their character not the color of their skin or that freedom will ring across every hill and c ...more
Renee Clark
Apr 22, 2015 Renee Clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
When first looking at this book I love how big it is. The front cover is simple yet powerful and I love that it displays such an important figure in our nations history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This book includes Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech which embodies the message of freedom, equality, and peace. His speech is inspiring and impactful. It was on the steps of the LIncoln Memorial during the March of Washington that this powerful speech was made. Although I was not actual ...more
Apr 14, 2015 JUNE BENGOETXEA rated it really liked it
I HAVE A DREAM is an informational picture book based on the speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. In the book we can read some parts of the speech that King delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.

This is a wonderful picture book just for enjoy, but it is still better for a project. This book can be beginning of a interesting unit program. After reading it, I could plan many activitie
Ruqayya Jarad
Jan 28, 2015 Ruqayya Jarad rated it it was amazing
I have a dream by Martein Luther King Jr.Illustrator: E.B. Lewis

This is a Historical children's picture book format for all ages. Teachers can find it meaningful to read aloud for young learners, especially in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's Day. It is a historical book that talk about a certain and recent time in American history. Young kids might be sad when Martin is eventually will be killed. The astonishing oil paintings of the illustrator Kadir Nelson, create meaning for younge
Alyssa Roberts
In this book, Martin Luther King's famous I Have a Dream speech is illustrated by 14 African American illustrators. Each illustration is pleasing to the eye and skillfully illustrates the main points of Dr. King's speech. Every illustration is remarkable and inspirational. I think Dr. King's speech is enhanced by the artwork this book. The pictures contain a variety of artistic styles and techniques. This book would be a great way to introduce students to Martin Luther King. Although as a teach ...more
Sofia Davis
Oct 22, 2014 Sofia Davis rated it it was amazing
This picture book I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr. is about the “I have a Dream” speech given by Martin Luther King on August 28th 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the march on Washington. This speech is recognized as one of the most powerful and memorable speeches given in America’s history. In this speech, Dr.King preached about his dream to see his generation, and all generations from then on to support human civil rights and to overcome the racism and hate that all pe ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Ashlea rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book! I have never really read the whole Martin Luther King Jr. speech but I knew of it and what it was about from my own dad who loved it. When I was in school my dad was the principal of the small Christian school that I went to and every year my mom would have him a picture or saying framed for him to hang and this speech was one of his all time favorites. After reading it I feel bad that I waited until I was 30 years old to do so because it is a very powerful and meaningf ...more
Brittani Laski
Jun 19, 2015 Brittani Laski rated it it was amazing
Text to Self Connection:
This book is the famous speech by Dr. King put with pictures. The images reminded me of the times as a child when we talked about Martin Luther King Jr and his famous words. In one of my classes, we watched his speech and we reflected on how powerful his speech was and still is.
Culturally Specific
This book is culturally specific because it shows images that bring Martin Luther King Jr’s words to life. This speech is something that many cultures can relate and connect w
Elizabeth Woodruff
Mar 30, 2016 Elizabeth Woodruff rated it it was amazing
I adore any book illustrated by Kadir Nelson. I Have a Dream is Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech to the people while standing on the steps of the Lincoln monument. The illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning. The detail is so realistic and it makes me want to look at the book for hours. This book tells the speech of MLK and shows the amazing illustrations to go with the speech. If you can please read this book! The pictures give it more meaning and understanding!

I loved this book! Kadi
Brenda Kahn
I put off reading this one until today. Honestly, I get lost in Kadir Nelson's work. It's luminous and powerful and the perfect complement to one of the most luminous and powerful speeches of the 20th century. I never get tired of reading/ hearing that speech and I never tire of viewing Nelson's art. A must purchase for all school libraries. You may think you have enough MLK books; but you don't. Your collection is not complete without this one.
Madison Snow
Apr 17, 2014 Madison Snow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
I Have A Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and illustrated by Kadir Nealson is a wonderful, true representation of King's I Have A Dream speech. The cover and illustrations are phenomenal and so realistic. The cover show King looking out in the distance with a determined look on his face. This image really sets the tone for the book. Throughout the book the images go along with the text from parts of his speech. The images show children, men and women, and many closeups facial features. Images ...more
Kierstyn Stanley
This book captures a moment in history that nobody will forget. This was the start of a new America. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made the "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This book is the speech that Dr. King told on that day with beautiful illustrations.

This is one book that I would use every year in my classroom. The illustrations are beautiful and will move you to tears as you read the book. In school, we also would listen to the audio cd which is just as pow
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement. King was a Baptist minister, one of the few leadership roles available to black men at the time. He became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955–1956) and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957), serving as its first president. His ef ...more
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