Dorothea’s Eyes by B. Rosenstock

Dorthea Lange's photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, a migrant mother with three children
Dorthea Lange’s photograph of Florence Owens Thompson

Most of us know Dorothea Lange’s photograph of a migrant mother (pictured above) that came to symbolize the Great Depression. The picture book “Dorothea’s Eyes” by Barb Rosenstock is a short story about Dorothea’s childhood and how she was able to “help us see with our hearts.” The book traces how she overcame obstacles to become a famous photographer and also chose to leave that success to take photographs of what the world ignores. Most importantly, it shares how she learned to see what others miss. This strong female artist reminds us to use our eyes and our hearts to see people who are different than us. It also suggests that doing your part to solve social problems can be greater than making it as a big time photographer. PBS has a short biography on Lange, if you want to know more about the picture above.

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