Africa Dream (Paperback)
In this stunning Coretta Scott King Award–winning picture book, take a magical and resonant journey to Africa.
"I went all the way to Africa / In a dream one night / I crossed over the ocean / In a slow, smooth jump..."
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. A classic picture book for sharing at home or in the classroom.
"Greenfield’s lyrical telling and Byard’s marvelous pictures make this book close to an ideal adventure for children, black or white." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Eloise Greenfield’s first book was published in 1972. She was the author of forty-eight children’s books including Honey, I Love and Other Poems and The Great Migration. She received many awards, including the 2018 Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Eloise was a beloved children’s book creator whose pioneering voice, especially for the Black American experience, has made her an inspiration to many generations of readers.
Carole Byard (1941-2017), who also illustrated the biography Arthur Mitchell and Lessie Jones Little and Eloise Greenfield's I Can Do It by Myself, was a brilliant painter whose first stay in Africa was on a grant from the Ford Foundation. She also made a second trip, to Nigeria, as a delegate to an international black arts conference. Her exciting pictures for Africa Dream reflect her loving study of African life and culture.
"Greenfield’s lyrical telling and Byard’s marvelous pictures make this book close to an ideal adventure for children, black or white." — Publishers Weekly