Item description for My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold...
Overview The author recounts the life of Martin Luther King in the form of her own dream
Publishers Description Now in Dragonfly--from the acclaimed creator of the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach comes a personal and captivating portrait of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Does the dream of Martin Luther King live on? Yes, says the narrator of this resonant picture book, which uses the peculiar logic of dreams to take the reader beyond straight biography into a more personal, heartfelt interpretation of King's legacy."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Ringgold's pictures are strong and powerful--there is an intensity to this that will affect readers."--Booklist (boxed review)
"Ringgold gives her scenes a simple, direct, childlike look--This is her most accessible work since Tar Beach."--Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)
Faith Ringgold divides her time between Englewood, New Jersey, and La Jolla, California.
Citations And Professional Reviews My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Black Issues Book Review - 11/01/2005 page 46
Publishers Weekly - 12/21/1998
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Studio: Dragonfly Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.5" Width: 9.24" Height: 0.14" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Dec 7, 1998
Publisher Dragonfly Books
ISBN 0517885778 ISBN13 9780517885772 UPC 045863006998
Availability 0 units.
More About Faith Ringgold
Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem, but now divides her time between New Jersey and La Jolla, California. She is a professor of fine art at the University of California at San Diego, where she teaches for half of the year. An artist of international renown, Faith is best known for her story quilts -- works that combine painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Faith's first book for children, Tar Beach, was a Caldecott Honor Book, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, a Reading Rainbow featured selection, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and the recipient of numerous other honors, including a Parents Choice Gold Award. Faith is married to Burdette Ringgold and has two daughters, Michele and Barbara, and three granddaughters, Faith, Teddy and Martha.
Faith Ringgold currently resides in Englewood, in the state of New Jersey.
Reviews - What do customers think about My Dream of Martin Luther King?
Beautiful cover Jan 12, 2007
I have used this book, My Dream of Martin Luther King (Dragonfly Books) by Faith Ringgold, from my book box that my daughter labeled "The Wonderful African American Experience" for a long time and in various settings. I've read it in South Oxnard, CA at Hathaway School where children are mostly Mexican American first or second generation Americans now, and in the smallest of school districts in the San Diego mountains that services two reservation schools where the children and more established teachers seemed oddly (a couple years ago) worried about my month of Black American Awareness teaching but where the children were absolutely intensely involved in the work. [...] Teaching children in 1st grade through a piece like this is a very interesting construction. For one thing I talk to children embedded within a poverty setting and they are talking about things they find rather amazing. Skin color, past histories...it becomes a platform to discuss the way it is, the way it was, in different places, times, with a wide variety of realities to honor and reveal. I so recall my own daughter who went to Hathaway school at five years of age never really knowing about skin colors as they are seen in a greater world of comparisons based on skins...and having been called "olive" for her Italian complexion, always colored her self-portraits so very dark, returned home from Kindergarten to tell me about a book she read on King in the library. She stated, "Mom he was shot for what he did, people were hosed and dogs set on them and some had separate schools. Mom what kind of place is this"...and I had to tell her I recalled these things, it was America's story, and she just stared at me. Today a class of 6 year olds just stared the exact same way. Try it, get this book, go read to a 1st grade and see what they tell you. How we go from this kind of truth to the insanity of this world is something I can never fully understand. [...]
And as you teach, work on and refine how to talk to these issues and to honor, to learn and to attempt to reach for the truth, you see your limits and you see the palpable ignorance that is what we do. It's a very important job; I do not take it lightly nor see it enough as a part of the dialogs going on in so much of the "schools of the future " work blasting on about the global economy. And that's a crime against all children, an invalidation, this holiday stands to talk to us about much that needs to be done. Education stands with trans formative power. It stands as a public responsibility and a way to shape the future. Not make everyone a millionaire and thus be immunized. It is a way to share our history so we are not condemned to repeat it. This book helps in that quest.
In my lifetime I have had the opportunity to see so much. I was able using this book and so many others in literature based instruction today to revisit some of my truths. And in that to honor memories and people, to stand once again upon the shoulders of those who made a difference both known and the thousands unknown to the greater world except inside the leaders and good people who make America what she is at her best. [...] Golden rules are lived constructs not platitudes on plaques. I lived and heard King. I saw these times chronicled by Ringgold. I recall the speeches. I know what it felt and sounded like to live in the 60's. I recall the struggle for human rights and know what the content of character was/is about. I know what it is to teach in places that are more dangerous than you know, for the kids that live there everyday as their reality-and they live in this in this land of the free. I have been able to see the disparity in America. I know all children need to be filled with "the dream". And I know all children are gifted and all essential to our survival. I know talking to my class of children today about the issues raised in this story of prejudice, hate, separate but equal...with their questions and amazement....I know there is still an unspoken separate and call it equal. I see it done through NCLB, real estate, and corporate control in our country. Today in a teacher meeting I heard a few peers state things about kid's potentials as limited by their poverty and ignorant parents not seeing themselves as dream givers but dream enders...I consider myself a person so lucky to teach in so many realities, in Appalachia too. For I know that my life has shown me so much so many lack living a life about getting, holding and securing for self. I know what it is to dedicate myself to the hope for a better day. Because I am a witness, and a teacher. I have worked in poverty and seen what lack of healthcare looks like, what ignorance brings, what it is to lose hope. I know. And that is something with great meaning. And these things come to classroom in the form of leadership. And that is what a teacher does. They decide to lead. Knowledge is power and children need to learn about slavery, history, unfairness, prejudice and hate. It matters so much. I know that there are ways to make a street in Watts where 93rd Street school sits, seem as if it sat so far from your reality you never worry for 5 seconds about the children without crayons, safety, food. I taught a little girl there Phyllis, never even sure she had more than a pair of flip-flops and a coat. I saw no sign of a home. She negotiated a place to stay daily with other kids. She was 8. I've seen what social service looks like for kids in CA. I've seen what it is like when a child in my room doesn't have enough to eat and after writing a compassionate story about her my brother in law suggests it's her problem if her family is too stupid to go to a charity. I know that we are a long, long way from the days we can say that this is a fair world.
But I do think a book like Ringgold's helps. It's important to have a way to begin to share our thoughts. It's so interesting how she talks of having a dream herself and this is the thread running through her book a waking dream of memories of the life of King. Children in first grade struggle with the Dream notion...what does this mean.... a dream quest, a vision. She talks of a dream where she sees all the peoples of the world holding bags of their hate, anger, prejudices going up stairs to trade the bags for love and peace. In this she briefly sees shifting through the dream the events often told of King. The rejection of the neighbor child, the learning big words, the teacher of King's made to stand on the bus, the marches and jailing. I find at my level a need to stop as I read and contextualize a little bit. But I do have very young children. It's fair to say that I wonder if children up the road in wealthier, affluent areas are reading this book too with their classes to prepare for our upcoming holiday. I wonder.
Ringgold always produces books to hear. And no different today. My students did very much enjoy going along in her first person narrative. I would like to complete this with the children writing Dream poems.
Facinating book on Martin Luther King Jr.! Jan 19, 2002
Students were very absorbed in this book. They found the story exciting and it stimulated a great discussion. The idea that someone could dream about Martin Luther King Jr. and see him as a child and then as an adult allowed students to think about how different dreams are from reality. Students were anxious to borrow the book and share it with their families.
Beautifully illustrated and well written Aug 13, 2000
This beautifully illustrated and well written book was a must have for my daughters library. She's a new teacher and a lover of good books. What a delight to buy this book for her!
Outstanding! Jun 7, 2000
This is the best picture book I've come across concerning the Civil Rights movement of the 60's. The previous reviewer is correct in that the abstractness of the imagery is difficult for younger children, but that is precisely the beauty of the book. With a little explaining, my third grade class was still touched by the struggle of African Americans in this country. My class consisted of numerous minorities (Asian & hispanic) and they were able to come to see that MLK was fighting for them also. The way it is told is very moving and makes the book excellent for older children as well.
I still get choked up whenever I read it.
a unique approach to telling the story of MLK, Jr. Apr 20, 2000
I'm a huge Faith Ringgold fan. This book is very good as expected, but my only complaint is that it is a little too abstract for the target age group (ages 4-8). For example, the kids were confused at the picture of MLK in jail as an infant and the people burning their "baggage". BUT, unique it is... just definitely in need of adult commentary.