Africa Dream

  • Title: Africa Dream
  • Author: Eloise Greenfield
  • Illustrator: Carole Byard
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication year: 1977
  • Brief Summary: From HarperCollins-“In words that sing and pictures that evoke the rich life and culture of the African continent, here is a book that makes real the deepest longings and imaginings of children for the faraway land of their ancestors.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book would be great to use in kindergarten and pre-school in conjunction with other poetry picture books. As this book was written by African American author and illustrator, I would suggest this book instead of Haley’s A Story, A Story.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it– The charcoal illustrations in black and white really drive the emphasis of the author’s intent. This book is about being proud of one’s ancestry and to be proud of oneself. The illustrations show this theme by the main character proudly embracing each scene through Africa. My favorite illustration is of the protagonist reading a book with Egyptian hieroglyphs and looking up, seemingly at the reader, showing an illuminating star on her forehead.

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