Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White

by Catherine A. Welch
     
 

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Margaret Bourke-White is perhaps best remembered as one of Life magazine's original photographers.This is a powerful portrait of the woman who shot the major events of the mid-20th century.

Through her breathtaking photographs, Margaret Bourke-White showed Americans the beauty of industry and its machinery in the 1920s, documented poverty and suffering during the

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Margaret Bourke-White is perhaps best remembered as one of Life magazine's original photographers.This is a powerful portrait of the woman who shot the major events of the mid-20th century.

Through her breathtaking photographs, Margaret Bourke-White showed Americans the beauty of industry and its machinery in the 1920s, documented poverty and suffering during the Great Depression in the 1930s, and brought home the war in the 1940s. This captivating biography describes how her upbringing led her to become an intrepid and daring photographer. Jennifer Hagerman's illustrations capture Margaret's liveliness and strength for newly independent readers.

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Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
This biography is intended for kids who are just beginning to read on their own. However, it would also make a fine addition to an adult literacy or English-as-second-language program. The narrative is vivid, yet easy to comprehend, and its illustrations take readers along on the acclaimed photographer's many adventures.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4Bourke-White's adventures and accomplishments were many, especially for a woman in the 1930s and `40s, and this book doesn't do them justice. Welch describes her subject's many childhood fears and her early interest in photography, which she turned into a money-making venture after the death of her father. Through her camera, Bourke-White captured the power and beauty of steel mills and skyscrapers. From World War II bombing missions, to the Eleventh Field Hospital, to Buchenwald, she photodocumented history. The vocabulary and sentence structure belie the beginning-to-read format, with large print and ample white space. Hagerman's full-color illustrations have a photographic quality and some are loose reproductions of Bourke-White's work but do not hold a candle to the originals. Sylvia Wolf's Focus (Albert Whitman, 1994) and Emily Keller's Margaret Bourke White (Lerner, 1996) are better choices and include reproductions of the actual photographs.Charlyn Lyons, Broome County Library, Binghamton, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876149560
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Series:
On My Own Biographies Series
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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