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Ruby's Hope: A Story of How the Famous “Migrant Mother” Photograph Became the Face of the Great Depression

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Dorothea Lange's Depression-era "Migrant Mother" photograph is an icon of American history. Behind this renowned portrait is the story of a family struggling against all odds to survive.

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.

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"Illustrations dominated by grays and sepia capture the dry wasteland as well as the etched lines of worry on the farmers’ faces. Even a flat tire can be dangerous in a time of extreme poverty, and the author creates a satisfying depiction of people sharing what little they have in migrant camps.... An endnote on Roosevelt’s handling of the crisis adds to the book’s appeal. The eyes of a loving daughter make a compassionate lens for this moving story." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Monica Kulling
Illustrator Sarah Dvojack
ISBN 1624148182
Publication Date Sep 10, 2019
Publisher Page Street Kids
Language English