Gordon Parks

Written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Review by Juliet Waldron

Beginning at his birth in 1912, Life Magazine photographer Gordon Parks’ story is told simply and without melodrama, allowing the power to emerge from the narrative. The illustrations are strongly figured, drawn in denim blue, black and brown, which evoke documentaries of the 1930s and ´40s. Mr. Parks, the youngest of fifteen children, was an American black man whose talent was so big that even racism couldn’t knock it down or squelch it. Written for the ages 5-8 set, this low-key, effective story would make a wonderful addition to any classroom read-aloud schedule or home library. Real-life heroes, this book affirms, truly are everywhere, and their success often achieved against long odds.