The images are all intriguing and do much to capture the scope and cultural importance of photography as an art form as well as a documentary medium. A fine resource and excellent for even a casual perusal.
Each beautiful reproduction is accompanied by a single facing page that includes title and date or work, photographer, two brief paragraphs of background on the image and its creator, “Blow Up” and “Zoom In” inset boxes, and a trio of open-ended questions to start the wheels turning. The springboard questions laudably avoid cookie-cutter formatting, focusing instead on attributes or puzzles unique to a particular work. The result is a wide-ranging set of inquiries.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
A brief introduction provides the framework for this slim book, which details 27 photographs under four thematic sections: portraits, nature, and documentary, and art images. Each quality, full-page reproduction sits opposite a page of information that includes a few facts (title, date, and name of the artist), along with a paragraph on the picture, noting its artistic or historical relevance, and one on the photographer discussing his/her medium, subjects, etc.
—School Library Journal
In this well-organized nonfiction text, Ruth Thompson provides readers with a visual journey through history. … This is unquestionably an informative, well researched, and engaging nonfiction selection.
—Reading Today Online
An excellent introduction for young readers, artists and journalists to the surprising complexity of the simple snapshot.
This fascinating book leaves readers thinking critically about photographs.
—Library Media Connection