- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Cameron Books (December 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781937359324
- ISBN-13: 978-1937359324
- ASIN: 1937359328
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,429,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys Hardcover – December 25, 2012
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This is a short picture book but does a great job at summarizing Imogen's love for her work and her family. Spoiler alert: she finds creative ways to focus on her family and maintain her passion. I can't say I've ever read a "kids' book" about this topic. It's written in an elegant, straight forward way with the most beautiful illustrations. It's a book made with love and attention to detail.
Highly recommended as a kids book (my 5yr old loves it too) but also for us "big kids"....especially the mamas.... as a visual inspiration to those of us who are focusing on young children in this season of life, and learning to make time for personal creative expression.
Imogen Cunningham led a hard life with her parents and five siblings but had a fascination for photography which was encouraged by her father. The first in her family to graduate from university, Imogen decided to pursue her passion for photography and opened a portrait studio. Then Imogen fell in love and married an etcher named Roi. Before long, Imogen found herself the mother of three boys and set aside her ambition to be a full-time mother. However, photography was never far from Imogen's mind and she used her children as her subjects for photographs and whenever she found quiet time (such as when the boys napped), she focused on other subjects such as flowers.
Imogen came to be known as "the mother of modernism and three boys" and contrary to the popular beliefs of the period (early twentieth century) proved that women could pursue their passions and be devoted mothers and wives at the same time. There's additional information on Imogen Cunningham at the back of the book and I especially love one her quotes:
"You can't expect things to be smooth and easy and beautiful. You just have to work, find your way out, and do anything you can yourself."
This inspiring and beautifully-illustrated picture book will make a fine addition to any children's collection in libraries, schools, and for personal reading pleasure.