In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color

In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color

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Celebratory, triumphant, and inspiring, In the Spirit of a Dream is a tribute to American immigrants of color, written in poems and illustrated by 13 first- and second-generation immigrant artists.



In the spirit of a dream, many immigrants of color set out across continents, oceans, and borders, travelling to the United States in pursuit of opportunity. This book is a celebration of 13 American immigrants of color, from world-famous to local heroes, politicians, surgeons, athletes, activists and more.



The biographies include engineer and astronaut Anousheh Ansari; Paralympic athlete and entrepreneur Alejandro Albor; surgeon Ayub Khan Ommaya; jazz musician Candido Camero; dancer Conceiçao Damasceno; Sriracha inventor and businessman David Tran; basketball player Dikembe Mutombo; author Edwidge Danticat; politician Ilhan Omar; comic artist Jim Lee; environmental activist Juana Guttierez; cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the Undocupoets, a group of undocumented poets.



These stories are told in poems by Aida Salazar and artwork by Alina Chau, Bianca Diaz, Dion MBD, Fahmida Azim, Gaby D'Alessandro, Jose Ramirez, Ken Daley, Nicole Xu, Paulo D. Campos, Rahele Jomepour Bell, Tracy Guiteau, Vanessa Flores, and Yasmin Imamura.

Title:In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color
ISBN:9781338552874
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    In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color Reviews

  • Tia

    Sent an uncorrected proof from the publisherBeautifully illustrated this book introduces the reader to thirteen American immigrants of color and their extraordinary contributions. This book is stunnin...

  • Melanie Dulaney

    What a beautiful anthology of poetry written and illustrated by 1st or 2nd generation immigrants of color about 13 immigrants of color! Libraries seeking to represent the world we live in should put t...

  • Stephanie Bange

    Reviewed from an ARC sent by the publisher.This collective biography of immigrants has "winner" written all over it.Herself an immigrant and POC, Aida Salazar was invited to write opening and closing ...

  • Paula

    Really good. Great choices of people, some well known (Ilhan Omar), some not so much (the Undocupoets). And the illustrators! Like a who’s who of up and coming talent worthy of further recognition. ...

  • Pam

    Poems about thirteen people who emigrated to the United States. Vividly designed artwork accompanies each poem. Information about them is woven into the poem and included in a paragraph at the end of ...

  • Brenda Kahn

    Thought-provoking verse collective biography of 13 American immigrants of color who made significant contributions. Each subject got a double-page illustration by a different illustrator. Thumb-nail b...

  • Bonnie Grover

    This book is a celebration of 13 American immigrants of color, from world-famous to local heroes, surgeons, athletes, artists, and more. Each of these stories are told in poems and span a two-page spr...

  • Brittany Thurman

    Incredibly powerful and moving. Aida’s words combined with each illustrators beautifully depicted illustrations make In the Spirit of a Dream a must have for every bookshelf. ...

  • Jessica Lopez

    Beautiful book! I loved learning about all the individuals in this book; names and stories we don’t tend to hear about. ...

  • Kait

    One of my favorite books of all time! :D...