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A place to land / Barry Wittenstein ; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

Wittenstein, Barry, (author.). Pinkney, Jerry, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 7 of 7 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 7 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J 323.092 WIT (Text) 33500013125380 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 323.092 WIT (Text) 33500013125372 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library e 323.092 WIT (Text) 35500006215030 Main Available -
Hallock Public Library e 323.092 WIT (Text) 35500006215055 Main Available -
Roseau Public Library e 323.092 WIT (Text) 35500006215048 Main Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library e 323.092 WIT (Text) 35500006215170 Main Available -
Warroad Public Library e 323.092 WIT (Text) 35500006215022 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780823443314
  • ISBN: 0823443310
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Holiday House, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Neal Porter Books."
Summary, etc.:
"The true story behind the writing of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech."--Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Grades K-3.
Ages 6-9.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    *Starred Review* The civil rights movement is magnified through the intimate lens of Martin Luther King Jr.'s momentous "I Have a Dream" speech, as—in the Willard Hotel before the March on Washington—he wrestles with what to say. Thoughtful, humble, vulnerable, and strong, Dr. King weighs his advisers' guidance. As he bends over a legal pad, pencil in hand, the faces of those for whom he fights sit on his shoulders. "Martin saw Rosa, / Fannie Lou, / Emmett, / . . . and so many others / . . . arrested, beaten, shot, and hung." Several important African American figures are honored—past, present, and future—all whose fates intersect in the moment when the reverend takes the pulpit. Dr. King leaves uncertainty behind as he abandons the agonized-over speech in favor of improvisation, summoning "the passion of a Sunday morning sermon." Wittenstein's free verse, beautifully subdued, flows crisp and clear, leaving room for Pinkney to shine. Collage artwork gives the impression of torn fabric—a striking metaphor—with holes being patched by old photographs of hymnals, maps, marchers, and flags, adding texture and tension to the expressive pencil and watercolor renderings. Back matter includes notes from author and artist, sources, bibliography, and further information on peripheral figures. Pair with Kadir Nelson's I Have a Dream (2012) for discussions on the power of words and how, as this book reminds us, "those battles continue to be fought" today. Grades 2-5. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Barry Wittenstein is the author of several picture books, including Waiting for Pumpsie and The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really). He is pursuing a Masters in Childhood Education at Hunter College and lives in New York City.

Legendary author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney's many accolades include the Caldecott Medal, five Coretta Scott King Awards, five Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Books, and four gold medals from the Society of Illustrators. He served on the National Council of the Arts, is a Trustee Emeritus of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and has taught at Pratt Institute, the University of Delaware, and the University of Buffalo. He lives in Westchester, New York.

Subject: King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. I have a dream > Juvenile literature.
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963 : Washington, D.C.) > Juvenile literature.
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
I have a dream (King, Martin Luther, Jr.)
Speeches, addresses, etc., American > Washington (D.C.) > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > Civil rights > History > 20th century > Juvenile literature.
Civil rights movements > United States > History > 20th century > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > Civil rights.
Civil rights movements.
United States.
Genre: History.
Juvenile works.

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