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Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America Review by Latonya Moore

Carole Bostone Weatherford
Albert Whitman & Company
1 (800) 255-7675
250 South Northwest Highway, Suite 320
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

This picture book is a synopsis of the life and career of Mr. Gordon Parks. The author captures and shares just enough of the Mr. Parks story to compel the reader to delve even deeper in understanding the subjects in which Parks captured with his camera.

Jamey Christoph illustrations bring the story to life. Christoph’s choice of color allows the reader to have a sense of the time in which the author writes. He does a fine job recreating Mr. Parks well-known photographs in illustration including those which were taken in black and white.  

This biographical picture book is written on a 2nd to 3rd grade level. It can be used as an introduction to segregation in the United States. Not only can it serve as a gentle approach to the disparity in America, but it will also introduce the young reader or listener to an African-American who accomplished great things in the midst of pain.

Overall, this book would be a nice addition to the bookshelf. It is well-written although short. I see this book as a catapult into learning more about segregation, inequality, and prejudices.

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America retails for $16.99.

Product Review by Latonya Moore, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January, 2016