I am so excited to bring this bright idea to you today! I was at my monthly book club meeting last night, and my head was spinning with all the possibilities for bringing the past to life for kids with a few simple tweaks to some historical photos.
Our book choice this month was Mary Coin by Marisa Silver. The cover photo is an iconic photo from the era of the Depression in American history, instantly recognizable to so many of us. The book tells the fictionalized story of a mother of seven, married far too young, widowed, and trying to scrape by on the intermittent and meager earnings of a migrant farm worker. You can catch a glimpse of her worry and sense of hopelessness in this colorized photo. Depressed yet? I was.
I was depressed about Mary's situation, yet intrigued by the interwoven story of the photographer who took this picture for government record-keeping. The book tells us as much about the photographer's life, also living through the depression as a young wife and mother, as about the subject of her photograph. Click on the book cover for a more in-depth article about this book after you read my post! Please stay with me a little longer first!
This idea would also lend itself well to the discussion of primary and secondary sources. The original photo of course is a primary source, but when you colorize it, you are adding your own take on it, making it a secondary source.
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