Reviews for Migrant Mother : How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression


Booklist Reviews 2011 April #1
With the clean, sophisticated design of a coffee-table art volume, the attractive titles in the Captured History series use the story behind iconic images to introduce young readers to specific time periods. In this entry, Dorothea Lange's indelible 1936 image of Florence Thompson, a migrant worker at a pea-picking camp, is the focus, and veteran nonfiction writer Nardo begins with a "you are there" account of the day that Lange took her famous photo. Subsequent chapters branch out into a brief introduction to life around the country during the Great Depression, illustrated with more of Lange's familiar photos, including perhaps her most well known, "White Angel Breadline." Throughout, quotes from Lange and Thompson deepen the biographical information about both women and also point to the ethical complexities of photojournalism: "Thompson later claimed that Lange's photographs simplified her circumstances and reduced her to stereotype." Additional commentary, strong photograph source notes, an illustrated time line, a glossary, and suggested resources round out this illuminating, attractive title that will draw a wide age range of readers. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2011 October
This series shows how a single photograph defined a historical moment. Each book is devoted to one photo that not only caught history, but introduces the student to the background and consequences of the time period. In Migrant Mother the photo is by Dorothea Lange, and in Birmingham1963 the photo is the famous shot by Charles Moore of 14-year-old Carolyn Maull and two other students being brutalized by high powered fire hoses as they peacefully marched to protest segregation. Both of these photos gave an important social problem a human face, and distill a compelling moment. I found the books a powerful way to introduce students to important issues. Since the Birmingham photo was taken as documentation for the Children's Crusade, I think students will find it particularly easy to identify with. Glossary. Timeline. Websites. Index. Suzanne Lay, Educational Reviewer, Houston County, Georgia. RECOMMENDED ¬ 2011 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 April

Gr 6 Up--Occasionally, a single photograph becomes the emblematic image that defines an era, and this quality series tells the stories of four of those iconic pictures. Each book places its subject photo in historical context, profiles the photographer, describes the conditions under which it was taken, and analyzes both its immediate and its continuing impact. The texts include ample background information and details and are enhanced by large photos and sidebars. These books will help students understand the influence of the individual images and the eras they epitomize, making them strong choices.

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