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Ruby's hope : a story of how the famous "Migrant Mother" photograph became the face of the Great Depression

by Kulling, Monica,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Dust storms and dismal farming conditions force young Ruby's family to leave their home in Oklahoma and travel to California to find work. As they move from camp to camp, Ruby sometimes finds it hard to hold on to hope. But on one fateful day, Dorothea Lange arrives with her camera and takes six photographs of the young family. When one of the photographs appears in the newspaper, it opens the country's eyes to the reality of the migrant workers' plight and inspires an outpouring of much needed support. Bleak yet beautiful illustrations depict this fictionalized story of a key piece of history, about hope in the face of hardship and the family that became a symbol of the Great Depression.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "During the 1930s, following years of drought and Dust Bowl conditions, seven-year-old Ruby and her family drive from their now-barren Oklahoma farm to California, where they harvest produce for other farmers. Their car runs out of gas just as they reach a migrant worker camp, but frost has ruined the crop. The family has no money for gas, and their food supplies are dwindling. When Dorothea Lange drives up with a camera and asks to take Ma's picture, she agrees. Widely reproduced, the photo touches people, who donate food to the camp. Inspired by Lange's iconic photo Migrant Mother (1936), Kulling reimagines this migrant family's story, changing details to make a more coherent picture book. Appended pages separate truth from fiction and comment on Lange, Ruby Thompson's family, and the period. While more likely to resonate with viewers familiar with the iconic photo, this picture book offers an introduction to the era from a child's perspective. Dvojack deftly illustrates the story in graphite with digitally added color in subdued hues. An unusual historical picture book.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Billed as "partially imagined," Kulling creates a backstory for one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century--Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother. Kulling's telling focuses on seven-year-old Ruby, one of the children pictured in the image, and relates how the family was forced to migrate from the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma to the insecurity of life as itinerant farmworkers in California. As the family suffers--"Days passed and food dwindled. Ruby's hope dwindled, too"--a photographer shows up at the migrants' camp. Ruby leads the photographer--Lange--to her mother, the image is snapped, and its publication triggers relief efforts. An author's note clarifies that this is not what happened. Readers will have to look elsewhere to learn the true story of the woman in the picture--Florence Owens Thompson, a member of the Cherokee Nation--which may raise questions. Dvojack's digitally colored graphite illustrations evoke lost moments of dust and tenderness. Ages 6--10. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lange, Dorothea -- Juvenile literature.
Lange, Dorothea -- Juvenile fiction.
Lange, Dorothea -- Fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Juvenile literature.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile literature.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Poverty -- Juvenile literature.
Poverty -- Juvenile fiction.
Migrant labor -- Juvenile literature.
Migrant labor -- Juvenile fiction.
Photographs -- Juvenile literature.
Photographs -- Juvenile fiction.
Picture books for children.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Poverty -- Fiction.
Migrant labor -- Fiction.
Photographs -- Fiction.
Children's stories -- Pictorial works.
Creative nonfiction.
Informational works.
Picture books.
Publisher Salem, MA :2019
Contributors Dvojack, Sarah, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 x 28 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781624148187
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