As a young child, there was a always a copy of this book lying around the house. I think it was given as a wedding gift to my parents, and, from the time I was old enough to sit and turn the pages, it was one of my favorite books.
The photos were first displayed as a group in 1955 as an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The exhibit included photos by Robert Doisneau, Ruth Orkin, Lewis Carroll, Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston and many others.
Carl Sandberg wrote in his prologue of the book, "The first cry of a newborn baby in Chicago or Zamboango, in Amsterdam or Rangoon, has the same pitch and key, each saying, "I am! I have come through! I belong! I am a member of the Family."
I hope my children love this book as much as I did...
Note: If you are inspired to share this book with your children, too, I recommend previewing it first. While I don't think any of the images are inappropriate to share with a child, each family has it's own feelings about what is and is not appropriate. Also, the photos are powerful and some of them raw. My 8 year old son found a few of the images disturbing, which led us to some good discussions about the images and his reactions. You know your children and will use your own discretion, I'm sure!