- Publisher: Blurb (November 30, 2015)
- ISBN-10: 1364711893
- ISBN-13: 978-1364711894
- Package Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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Images of children at work and play in ten different countries including Mongolia, India, Turkey, China, Nepal and Tibet. Documentary photographer Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera has travelled over 100,000 km to document and share the joy of play in its many forms around the world. Some of her work can be seen at
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In 'To Be A Child' there are over 300 photos of children at play. The children in this book were photographed in their own environment and in ten different countries.
This book is a celebration of children at play. The book is the culmination of four years and a trek of over 100,000 km.
This book is a masterpiece. The innocence portrayed in the photographs are sure to touch your heart and will prove that no matter where they come from and no matter what their socioeconomic status is, that children are all the same.
Debra SCHOENBERGER is a talented photographer who has an eye for the perfect picture. Her photography is as real as it gets and because of this I am rating this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It is my pleasure to offer my review of To Be A Child. Much like looking back through photos of my children and grandchildren, the photographs by Debra Schoenberger brought a deluge of smiles and contemplative moments along with them.
I've always been an admirer of photographic art and love Ms. Schoenberger's composition as well as light throughout the album. Singular photographs of children at play, work, rest and other childhood pursuits along with the images of friends, two- and four-legged as well as pretend, blend together to contribute to the enjoyment of this volume.
I highly recommend you pick up a copy of To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger to keep next to your favorite coffee table books, though this one is likely be a book looked through most often.
© February 8, 2016
Patricia, Room With Books
My first reaction to this book was “Where are the captions? Who is this child and where was the photograph taken?” I must admit that I felt a bit frustrated as I flipped through the book looking for the explanations to what I was looking at and then I had the ”Ta Da” moment! I finally understood that the photograph is what tells the story.
I started looking through the book a second time, this time much more deliberately, and that’s when I came to appreciate the incredible talent at work behind this book. Capturing the essence of what it is to be a child is not always easy but To Be A Child does exactly that. It’s stark imagery and unembellished view of childhood makes it stand out as unique in this Instagram filtered world. Capturing moments in children’s lives in vastly different conditions and environments helps us realize how small our world really is and how alike we truly are.
Thank you Debra for reminding me of the precious time called childhood.
Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised!
To Be A Child is a photograph book. The book is filled with photos of children from all over. I did take notice that many were from Inner Mongolia, Tibet, and Canada (I know I miss one!) but they were all different.
Everything about the photo was different from what the child was doing, to what the child wore, to the environment the child was in.
I truly enjoyed this book. It brought many smiles to my face and while I have an ebook version, this would make for a great coffee table book for visitors to pick up. Or on a cruddy day, to pick up and see all the smiling faces to brighten your day.
This really was a fabulous work of artwork and was a joy to “read”.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words… well after viewing this work of photographic art consisting of children in different parts of the world, I’d say we have enough for it to have its own library.
Looking through the pictures, I couldn’t help but notice how different and similar our children are. The world from a child’s perspective humbles us and at the same time pushes us to become protective… nothing is more important or sacred than a child’s innocence.
This book by photographer Debra Schoenberger, provides us with this kind of perspective…
I guess everyone that views this book will beget a different emotion, a different narration, but I’m guessing we all feel the same at the end of it… nostalgic.
I am convinced this will not be the last of Ms. Schoenberger’s productions… looking forward to the next one from her many adventures.
I bought this quality hard cover book to add to my collection of memorable picture books.
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