Dear Yesteryear

Dial. Mar. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593529249.
K-Gr 3–Historical curator and researcher Henderson pens an open letter to previous generations alongside rarely seen photographs of Black Americans from the past. Using the framing salutation of “Dear Yesteryear,” she directly addresses the individuals in the photos, desiring to hear their life stories: how they spent their time and with whom, as well as what memories they hold dear. Lyrical text pairs expertly with chosen images, emphasizing historical Black joy and accomplishments, while simultaneously connecting to the present. This book will irrefutably provide invaluable opportunities for readers to delve into their own family or cultural histories. White bespoke text set against a dark background, with photographs outlined in a way that makes them look framed, lends a timeless atmosphere to the book. A concluding author’s note describes Henderson’s inspiration for writing the book, as well as further documentation about every photograph featured in the book.
VERDICT Moving and profound, this inspiring glimpse of photographs and text will remind all readers of the value of family connections, of time’s passing, and the need for remembrance. Recommended for purchase.

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