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8.5" x 11"
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-208-8
Full-color illustrations
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From the time she was a little girl, Dorothea Lange saw the world with her eyes and her heart. She knew, before she ever held a camera, that she was born to be a photographer, despite the fact that girls weren’t supposed to have that type of job and that polio made it difficult for her to walk. Dorothea deliberately blended into the background to take her pictures. She used her photographs to tell the stories of the people the world ignored—the homeless, the jobless, the poor. This powerful and inspiring biography tells the emotional story of Lange’s evolution as one of the founders of documentary photography, and includes a gallery of Lange’s photographs, author’s note, timeline, and bibliography.


"This brief, illustrated biography explores how the life of pioneering photojournalist Dorothea Lange influenced her art…. the mostly autumnal palette complements the text as it teaches … tawny colors work equally well to conjure the Great Depression…. An excellent beginner’s resource for biography, U.S. history, and women’s studies." —Kirkus Reviews 

"This biography of celebrated photographer Dorothea Lange (best known for the iconic Migrant Mother) has a clear, consistent message: Lange’s photographs are unique because they depict “people the world ignores” with both truth and love, allowing viewers to see the world with their eyes and hearts….Statements in bold red print found throughout the text explain the growth of Lange’s caring and truthful approach, while descriptive words written in gray print highlight the feelings Lange had that caused her to stand apart from others as a sympathetic observer…DuBois employs a muted palette, and the striking illustrations have a faded look that complements the setting and mood….A solid introduction to one of America’s most celebrated photographers." —School Library Journal

"Rosenstock lyrically describes photographer Dorothea Lange’s creative development from a polio-stricken child from Hoboken to the photographer behind some of the nation’s most iconic images." —Publishers Weekly

"An oversize portrait of those titular grey-green eyes introduce Dorothea’s special talent at seeing details in objects and faces that others might miss….Softly outlined pastel images create spacious and simple vivid pictures…" —Booklist

Meet the Author

Barb Rosenstock

Barb Rosenstock is the author of many picture book biographies, including Blue Grass Boy: The Story of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music; Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library; Dorothea's Eyes; Ben Franklin's Big Splash; and The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero. Her picture book on Vasily Kandinsky, The Noisy Paint Box, won the 2015 Caldecott Honor Medal.

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