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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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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