It's been a few weeks since I got it together and posted for Nonfiction Monday. My bad. Blame it on committee reading, spring break and "the rain." You've got to blame it on something...
Migrant Mother: How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression by Don Nardo
The structure of Migrant Mother uses the same formula as Man on the Moon. The title image is front and center and just about the entirety cover, a tightly written hook of a first chapter takes the reader to the moment the photograph was taken, a second chapter delves into the background of the time, a third chapter critically examines the photo (Did you know that this was only one photo in a series of six? Or that it was staged? And that her thumb was edited out? Me neither.), and a final chapter focuses on the legacy of the photo and how it shaped history. A timeline, glossary, additional resources, source notes, select bibliography and index round out the back matter. While it could come off gimmicky to use the exact same structure (and I'm sure it repeats in the rest of the books in the series), the presentation is so appealing and the writing so concise and engaging that I couldn't care a smidge about how formulaic the arrangement.
Another terrific nonfiction title that deserves a place in every 20th century history collection. Seriously, if you are a middle or high school librarian and you haven't purchased this series for your students, then you are doing them a huge disservice. It's perfect for reluctant readers who just want to look at the pictures. It's ideal for students studying the Great Depression, Dorothea Lange or photography.
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