My Dream of Martin Luther King

by Faith Ringgold

Hardcover, 1995



Local notes

921 King



Knopf Books for Young Readers (1995), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages


The author recounts the life of Martin Luther King in the form of her own dream.

Physical description

32 p.; 12.37 inches


0517599767 / 9780517599761



User reviews

LibraryThing member bea007
This is an awesome story of the about the struggles and victories of Martin Luter King Jr. This book takes us back to a time where everything was segregated and how we as America overcame the hatred and became one.
LibraryThing member Mmarcel2011
This book explians very well Martin Luther King's dream, and what he believed should happen to all the people of American. A great message for children to talk about, how everyone should be treated the same.
LibraryThing member netaylor
This story is one of dreams both real and imagined. A little girl dreams of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was a little boy. His adventures, in her dream, mirror the real and detailed experiences of African Americans in the United States during segregation and the Civil Rights Movement.
LibraryThing member kholec1
“My Dream of martin Luther King” depicts Faith Ringgold’s vivid dream about the former hero. Although not the entire story is true, it allows students to see the impact that Martin Luther King had on not just the lives of African Americans but on the country as a whole. This book shows children that they should always stand up for what they believe in and what is right. Even though it seemed like the country was against him and he endured so many struggles, King constantly kept pushing forward to a better world. This shows students that they should never give up until they reach their goals. The part of the story that stuck with me the most was that in Ringgold’s dream every one was carrying bags of prejudice, hate, ignorance, violence and fear and they threw it into a burning pile. The smoke from the pile spelled out “Every good thing starts with a dream.” This simple phrase is truly what King’s life was all about. He had a dream and he made it become a reality because he never gave up. Students can also realize that everything they want to pursue in life starts off with a dream.… (more)
LibraryThing member lmalak1
I enjoyed this picture book. There were many reasons why I enjoyed this book. One reason was the colors on each page. Each page was given a sort of ‘background color’ to portray the mood of the situation. I thought the illustrator did an excellent job of that. For example, on the page where Martin Luther King is in jail, the colors are a deep orange and black. On the page where he is at church, the colors are light purple and pink. I thought these colors were appropriate on each page.
Another reason I enjoyed this book was because of the narration. The author has an excellent way of drawing the reader in without being too subjective. Also, the author keeps saying “in my dream…” which I think is an excellent tool in this particular biography.
The main idea of this book is that Martin Luther King Jr. made a very important change in the lives of Americans, and he is very important to our history.
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LibraryThing member jtaylo41
This was a great Biography. The author created the plot in a creative and engaging way. She introduced historical facts and events about Martin Luther King through a dream that a little girl had, “ I rarely remember my dreams. However, one day while watching a television program about Martin Luther King, Jr., I slept and had a dream I will never forget.” The way that the story is created is very engaging. It is a great way to introduce a powerful and influential topic/man to children of a young age. The main message of this book is facts and information about Martin Luther King, Jr.… (more)
LibraryThing member fwaldm1
In this story Faith Ringgold (the author) portrays Martin Luther Kings story by reciting it in her own vision. There are three reasons I liked this book. First, the story teaches a great lesson and shows children that they should always stand up for what they believe in and what they believe is right. Facing many struggles, Martin Luther King stood up for his rights as a citizen and wouldn’t give up until he had the rights he deserved. This leaves students with an important message. Never give up until you achieve the goal you’re striving for. Next, the descriptive language within this book really depicts the hardships people faced throughout this time period. For example, “They attacked them with dogs and beat them with cattle prods. Drenched, rages, and bleeding, the crowd stopped marching and signing.” Lastly, I thought the last page of the book was amazing. The last page covered the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There was a list of dates on this page that highlighted important events in his life. Overall, the main idea of this book is stand up for what you want and make your dreams come true.… (more)
LibraryThing member jjones58
In this book, the narrator recalls a dream she had about the Civil Rights movement and leader. The dream explains points of MLK’s childhood and adulthood, as well as major events that happened throughout his life and how he rose to become the great leader he was. I loved the way this story was portrayed. It was a very creative outlook on MLK’s life because it was told and recalled from a dream. I also enjoyed learning about the author's own personal opinions about the historic events in the book, because her voice was clearly expressed throughout the reading. The main message of the book itself is vague because it is telling about true events, but Martin Luther King's main message was to gain equality for all people.… (more)




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