This Is the Dream
Publication Date: January 2006
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Our nation was founded on the belief that all men are created equal. Nearly two hundred years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, slavery had been abolished but America was still segregated.
Then: Enter the students who marched into the first desegregated school, the passengers who boycotted the buses, and the leaders who stood up and spoke out. When they started, it was all just a dream. . . .
Through striking, powerful verse and gorgeous, detailed illustrations, this is the dream catalogs the American experience before, during, and after the civil rights movement. Come along on this incredible journey, and see how far we've come in attaining freedom and justice for all.
Diane Z. Shore co-authored this is the dream, This Is the Game, and several other children's books. She lives with her family in metro Atlanta, Georgia.
“An excellent resource for discussing the changes of the civil rights era.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“Lyrical verses and distinguished illustrations. A valuable addition to children’s literature.”
-School Library Journal
“A soaring tribute.”
“Powerful. Ransome’s artwork makes large ideas comprehensible through visual details. This will provide a solid springboard for adult-child discussions.”