- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 23, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395797268
- ISBN-13: 978-0395797266
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor Paperback – March 23, 1998
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Hine photographed underprivileged child laborers from 1908-1918; their depleted faces look out from almost every page. "Freedman does an outstanding job of integrating historical photographs with meticulously researched and highly readable prose," said PW in a starred review. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Readers will not only come to appreciate the impact of his groundbreaking work, but will also learn how one man dedicated and developed his skill and talents to bring about social reform." School Library Journal, Starred
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After listening to the CD and getting this book, we weren't expecting the wonderful surprise of interest it all generated in our family! Unbelievably powerful!
Oh, and the photographer is Lewis Hine.
This book is a wonderful supplement to this story and going deeper into the era!
Two years ago we listened to the audio CD (six CDs).
I am STILL recommending it to friends.
Highly recommend the audio CD!
I had originally got it mainly for our 10 y.o. to listen to while in the car I had planned for other things for our younger kids to do while DS was listening. We ALL were so into it! (Age range 4-10 and myself!) The kids would immediately ask for me to turn it back on to continue whenever we got in the car. After we finished the CDs, they as to hear it AGAIN! It was just as good the second time.
As far as audio CDs go, they are often only as good as the reader. This one definitely hits the mark! This reader is wonderful and easy to listen to. Not boring at all! Moves along smoothly and quickly.
Don't skip the author interview at the end! This too is fabulous! Provides so much interesting insight into the story. Do not listen to the interview first, it may skew your vision of the story a bit.
There is also a free teacher's guide at the author's website.
These would make a delightful gift pairing for any child.
The text of the book serves partly as a brief biography of Lewis Hine, and partly as explanatory backdrop for the scenes in the photographs. Freeman gives enough background information to put the images in their context, but not so much data as to overwhelm the reader. The machines, tools and environments are so strange to the modern eye that without clarification, many pictures would be meaningless.
The most shocking photographs in the collection are of the young boys involved in the coalmines. The filth on their faces, hands and clothing is astonishing. By comparison, the dangers and deplorable conditions of working in a cotton mill are not as readily apparent as those of working in a coal mine. However, reading Freeman's text exposes the dangers of moving machinery and smothering lint and humidity not so clear in the photos.
The book concludes by sharing the changes in child labor laws that Hine's photographs helped bring about, as well as information on the child labor situation of today.
This book is full of eye opening and shocking information for the unaware. School may be hard, but without child labor laws things could be so much worse.
They are physical but intimately it touches me in a weird way . I remember in transformed and inspired me at that point of my life in my project . Thank goodness . Well, your experience might be different :) Got it for $7 in February 2005 . I consider it so cheap, well-made to me, and great experience ! Thank you :)