You've seen the building. Now meet the man whose life went into it.
Philip Freelon's grandfather was an acclaimed painter of the Harlem Renaissance. His father was a successful businessman who attended the 1963 March on Washington. When Phil decided to attend architecture school, he created his own focus on African American and Islamic designers. He later chose not to build casinos or prisons, instead concentrating on schools, libraries, and museums--buildings that connect people with heritage and fill hearts with joy. And in 2009, Phil's team won a commission that let him use his personal history in service to the country's: the extraordinary Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon celebrates a contemporary black STEAM role model, a man whose quiet work enabled the creation of an iconic building reflecting America's past and future. With a stirring text by Kelly Starling Lyons, vibrant pictures by Laura Freeman, and an afterword from Philip Freelon himself, it is sure to inspire the next generation of dreamers and builders.
Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Kelly Lyons
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Size: 9.30h x 11.20w x 0.40d
Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2019 pg. 193
School Library Journal 01/01/2020 pg. 92
Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2020 pg. 104
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2020
Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 508879 / Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon
Reading Level: 4.7 / Interest Level: Lower Grade / Point Value: 0.5