Hinrichs, Alexandra S. D.

The Traveling Camera: Lewis Hine and the Fight to End Child Labor

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Michael Garland. This biography of the early-twentieth-century photographer--whose work brought attention to inhumane child-labor practices--incorporates some of Hine's own words (italicized) in the free verse text (a "fusion of history and storytelling...grounded in careful research"). Readers meet some of Hine's (fictionalized) young subjects at an oyster cannery, a cranberry bog, a shoe factory (where he's denied entry), a cotton mill (where he deceives the overseer to gain access), and more. Together the impressionistic text and sepia-toned illustrations convey the work's drudgery and dangers. Ten pages of back matter feature (small) reproductions of Hine's work along with cultural and historical context and reflections on using art to affect social change. An annotated timeline traces the history of child labor and important dates in Hine's life.


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