***Feed the Children First
edited by Mary E. Lyons
Reviewed April 24, 2002.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002. 48 pages.
It’s interesting that this book came out so soon after Black
which was also about the Irish Potato Famine. This
one did not go into nearly as much depth, but all the text was actual
quotations from Irish people who had lived at the time of the famine.
I liked the pictures better in this book--She used Irish works of
art for many of the illustrations. The credits are tucked away
in the back, to keep from distracting the child reader. The pictures
made the book beautiful.
I think this book is more accessible for a younger child.
Although it’s still a grim story, it didn’t go into as much depth, nor
did it explore many of the reasons for the hunger. However, it
gave you the idea of what happened, using the words of those who were
actually there. This is better for a younger reader, who would get
bogged down by the level of detail presented in Black Potatoes.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
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