Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon Book Review

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Jebeh returning again to share my latest episode, a book review on “Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon” by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Laura Freeman. This inspiring tale takes us through the life and achievements of the renowned architect Philip Freelon, who designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

About the Book

“Dream Builder” is a beautifully illustrated story that captures the journey of Philip Freelon from his childhood dreams to his monumental achievements. Written by Kelly Starling Lyons, with an afterword by Philip Freelon himself, this book is a tribute to his legacy and contributions to architecture and culture.

Why This Story Matters

Philip Freelon’s story is one of perseverance, creativity, and cultural pride. From his early struggles with reading to becoming a celebrated architect, his life is a testament to the power of determination and the importance of family support. His work, especially the design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, stands as a beacon of cultural heritage and resilience.

Learning from Dream Builder

In my review, I go deeper into the essential themes of the book:

  • Cultural Resilience: Philip’s journey reflects the resilience of the African American community and the importance of preserving cultural heritage.
  • Family Support: The unwavering support of Philip’s family, especially his grandfather, played a crucial role in nurturing his talents and dreams.
  • Architectural Legacy: Philip’s commitment to designing buildings that honor cultural heritage and his refusal to design oppressive structures highlight his dedication to social justice and positive change.

Educational Insights and Activities

For educators and parents, “Dream Builder” offers numerous opportunities to discuss important topics such as perseverance, cultural heritage, and social justice. Encouraging students to explore their own dreams and the impact they can have on their communities.

I hope you find this review enlightening and that it inspires you to explore the story of Philip Freelon further. For more engaging content on cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, Mrs. Edmonds’ Cultural Corner.

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Marley and the Family Band Book Review

Hello, everyone, welcome back to the Cultural Curriculum Chat Podcast. 

Today, I am beyond excited to share a delightful book that will fill your heart with joy and nostalgia—Marley and the Family Band. This wonderful story is written by Sadella Marley, daughter of the legendary Bob and Rita Marley, in collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Tracy Baptiste and illustrated by Tiffany Rose.

 About the Book

Marley and the Family Band follows the journey of Marley, a young girl who moves from Jamaica to Delaware with her family. As they settle into their new neighborhood, Marley and her family bring the vibrant rhythms of their culture to their new home. This story beautifully captures the essence of family bonds, resilience, and the power of community.

A Journey of New Beginnings

In the book, Marley recounts her experiences of transitioning to a new country, navigating the challenges of uprooting and starting anew. The narrative is deeply personal, inspired by Sadella Marley’s own childhood memories of moving from Jamaica to the United States. It’s a story that resonates with many, offering a sense of connection and representation for children going through similar experiences.

Problem-Solving and Community Spirit

One of the central themes in the book is Marley’s desire to host a fun concert, which is thwarted by a big storm. Despite her initial disappointment, Marley’s family teaches her valuable lessons in problem-solving and resilience. They remind her that you can’t fix a problem until you look at it up close. This encourages educators to foster a problem-solving mindset in their students, empowering them to take action and find solutions.

Cultural Richness and Sensory Exploration

The story is rich with cultural references and sensory details. Marley describes the sounds of the raindrops, the smell of her father’s sawdust-covered clothes, and the vibrant sights of her new neighborhood. It’s an excellent opportunity for educators to engage students with the five senses, making the story more interactive and immersive.

Acts of Kindness and Community Building

Marley’s journey through her neighborhood, helping her neighbors with umbrellas, bailing out basements, and covering greenhouses, emphasizes the importance of community and kindness. This aspect of the story can inspire discussions about acts of kindness and how students can support their own communities.

A Heartwarming Conclusion

Despite the storm, Marley and her family manage to host their concert with the help of their neighbors, turning a challenging situation into a celebration. It’s a heartwarming conclusion that underscores the themes of resilience, community, and the joy of shared experiences.

Why You Should Read This Book

Marley and the Family Band is a lighthearted, uplifting story that showcases the beauty of multicultural experiences and the power of family and community. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to bring more diverse narratives into their classroom or home.

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