AMISH HOME by Raymond Bial

AMISH HOME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A talented author-photographer (Corn Belt Harvest, 1991) pays informed tribute to the ``hardworking, productive people'' who place little value on ``worldly goods'' and are known as the ``plain people.'' Respecting their wish not to be photographed (a photo is a kind of ``graven image''; appearing in one is ``prideful''), Bial presents their houses (inside and out), clothes (pegged out on a sunny day), food, horses, carriages, and fields in beautifully composed color photos. The absence of the Amish themselves, in honor of their beliefs, is a powerful statement, reflected in Bial's concise but admirably detailed description of Amish ways--especially the carefully considered reasons they abjure many modern inventions and the compromises they've made (they use gas stoves and refrigeration, but not electricity: radios and TV prevent family interaction). An eloquent, honest book that points out that the Amish, too, have their difficulties but concludes: ``In their world the individual occupies a small place, but is always valued. In the larger culture, the individual is foremost, yet people often feel isolated and alone.'' Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8+)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-395-59504-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1993




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