Book review: Dorothea’s Eyes, by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Gerard DuBois

Rosenstock, Barb. Dorothea’s Eyes. Il. Gerard DuBois. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, 2016. $16.95. 40p. ISBN 9781629792088. Ages 6-9. P7Q9

rosenstock-dorotheas-eyesDuring the Great Depression, Dorothea Lang traveled the country, taking iconic photographs about suffering during that time that humanized the horrific experiences of the poor during the 1930s. Lesser known about Lang is the ridicule that she herself suffered as a child after an attack of polio caused her leg to wither and make her limp. It is this feeling of invisibility that taught her to see into others “with her eyes and her heart.” Although the text about her work and the photographs at the end concentrate on her life during the first part of her life, a timeline at the end describes her other achievements.

Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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