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Dream to Change the world is the first in a series of black history books aimed at five to eight-year-olds. Creatively depicting the early years of John La Rose’s life in Trinidad

Disclaimer: I was gifted this product by the George Padmore Institue for the purpose of this review. This hasn’t influenced my opinion of the product in any way.

Black British History

I’ll openly hold my hands up and admit, that I don’t fully understand or comprehend the cultural, political and social contributions of the UK’s communities of colour since the 1950s. I know bits, but only what I was taught at school. What I was taught at school was the negative parts of black history and the struggles of the different communities. Sadly this still resonates today.

There is something missing. Our younger generation needs to understand and be educated to allow for all children to have an inclusive education. The more we understand something the better we can appreciate its significance.

The George Padmore Institute

Founded in 1991, the George Padmore Institute is an archive and educational centre relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain based in Finsbury Park, north London. The GPI’s unique archive collections highlight the vital cultural, political and social contributions of the UK’s communities of colour over the last seventy years.

The Institute’s work combines conservation, outreach and events; it is open by appointment for use of the archives and also hosts cultural activities, literary and community events. Ken Wilson-Max has used two of the Institute’s archive collections as inspiration for his work.

The first is the personal papers of John La Rose (1927–2006), founder and first Chair of the George Padmore Institute (GPI) and co-founder of New Beacon Books, Britain’s first black publishing house, bookshop and international book service.

John La Rose is considered to have been one of the most important activists in Black British and Caribbean history. The second is the GPI’s Carnival collection (1972–2006), which has two distinct parts: one relates to the Notting Hill Carnival in London, particularly organisations and bands formed by John La Rose’s sons, Michael and Keith La Rose; the other reflects both John and Michael La Rose’s interest in the history and culture of Carnival, especially in Trinidad.


For more information, you can visit www.georgepadmoreinstitute.org.

Dream to change the world

Dream To Change The World Book Cover

Dream to Change the World was written and illustrated by award-winning author Ken Wilson-Max. Based on the late John La Rose’s personal papers, and creatively depicts John’s early years in Trinidad. The book is very well set out and is clearly aimed at a younger (primary age) audience. It has very well illustrated and depicts John’s desire and curiosity to see the world and eagerness to help spread the joy he received whilst living in Trinidad as a child. John, as a young boy keeps his memories written safely in his suitcase until he needs them.

It’s very easy to read, at the time of writing this, my youngest is only five years old and although he is a great reader, he found the words and sentences, well-sized and easy to read. With plenty of illustrations to spark the imagination.

Initially, I thought my son would just read it as another book. But, once he had finished the book. He said something that just, in my opinion, summed the whole purpose of this book up.

That boy is just like me, I like to read, write, play and listen to music. He just has different coloured skin“. I think that is such an important thing to remember… We are all the same, regardless of skin colour…

Inner Page Dream To Change The World

If we can educate the younger generations to accept that we are all the same, then there is a better understanding. Further understanding of how communities of colour have influenced the world in a positive way will give a solid foundation for inclusivity in future generations.

Center Page Dream To Change The World

You can find out more about the George Padmore Institute on their social media channels:
Twitter: @GPI_Archive
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Facebook: @georgepadmoreinstitute

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Easy to read
Illustrations
Informative

Summary

This is a great book for the younger generation. It is very well laid out and has some great illustrations, with a very clear purpose. The only downside is that the book ends quite suddenly. It would be good to maybe have some kind of ending so to allow the younger reader to realise what John La Rose did to "change the world"

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’m loving the fact more books like this are being published. School history focuses way too heavily on the slave trade and there’s so much more to history from Africa and Asia that is overlooked.

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This is a great book for the younger generation. It is very well laid out and has some great illustrations, with a very clear purpose. The only downside is that the book ends quite suddenly. It would be good to maybe have some kind of ending so to allow the younger reader to realise what John La Rose did to "change the world"Dream to Change the World #AD