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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