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Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite
Hope Has a Dream by Romina Vinci is a powerful and engaging picture book about friendship and standing up to racism. The book follows a young girl named Hope as she has a playdate with her best friend, Imani, who is black. The girls are having a lovely time at the park when they run into another friend from school named Pearl. Things are going well and the three girls are having fun, until Pearl's mom steps in and tries to make Pearl leave, stating that she cannot be friends with a girl like Imani. Pearl is confused and Imani is sad and uncomfortable. Hope stands up to her and finds the courage to confront an adult about her blatant racism. Hope speaks to Pearl's mom respectfully and calls her out on her racist views as well as sharing her hope for a future where everyone is kind to others, no matter the color of their skin.
I thought Hope Has a Dream by Romina Vinci was a great picture book with a relevant message. No one should ever be ashamed or embarrassed by the color of their skin. I liked the example in the book about how boring the world would be if everything was the same color. Nature shows us beauty in the variety of colors and life and we should follow that example and appreciate the diversity of skin tones. The illustrations in the book were also very well done and complemented the story nicely. Highly recommended for kids and adults alike.