This is a beautiful, poetic picture book by father and son team, Walter Dean Myers and Christopher A. Myers. Here’s what it is NOT: sappy, blindly patriotic so as to ignore reality. And that’s what I love about it. It’s America the Real — the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful. Most of all, it’s strength of spirit that shines through these pages, in both the words and the illustrations. How do you make illustrations look resilient, hopeful and powerful, Christopher? That is some talent.
Being flawed is what makes us stronger, drives us to improve, makes us keep hoping and dreaming. This is my absolute favorite part, that moves me to tears: ” . . . wealthy beyond belief and not wealthy, the land of equal opportunity and not equal, the land of justice and injustice . . . ” So much to think about, so much to talk about in those words alone. And the rest of the words are worth reading, too, by all ages.
Make this your summer read!