Us Little People: Mennonite Children
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Us Little People: Mennonite Children

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Publisher: Boston Mills Press

Author Statement: Carl Hiebert
Audience: Trade
Specs: 112 color photographs
Pages: 120
Trim Size: 9" x 9 1/2"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20030201
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Us Little People: Mennonite Children

Now in paperback: Photographs explores the simplicity and joy of life on conservative Mennonite farms supplemented by brief essays by the children who tell stories from their lives. A rare glimpse into a hidden society.

We are all fascinated by lives led outside mainstream society. Photographer Carl Hiebert spent seven years documenting the Mennonite way of life for this beautiful and touching book. He found himself repeatedly drawn to the faces of the children he encountered. Two years into his project, his camera found a more specific focus.

"Had I perhaps touched the surface of my own childhood, a deep-rooted desire for a more innocent time?" asks Hiebert. "A childhood on a conservative Mennonite farm speaks of another time. There are no televisions, designer clothes, or Nintendo games. Summers are spent barefoot. Mennonite children are allowed to be children."

The photographs in this remarkable collection radiate a simplicity and joy that is increasingly difficult to find in our modern world. Brief essays by Mennonite children tell the stories of their own unique lives, in their own words, such as the following:

"Baseball is a favorite Mennonite sport. Bats often come from Dad's shop, turned on an old lathe. They may be lopsided, too long, too heavy. Tattered balls fly through the air, some of them worn down to their core. Many players prefer the simplicity of bare-handed catches. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about this game is that no one keeps score. This is play for the sake of play. It has nothing to do with winning."

Bio:

Carl Hiebert grew up as a Mennonite. He is the author of the bestselling book Gift of Wings: An Aerial Celebration of Canada and a recipient of the Vanier Award, the King Clancy Award, the Honorary Guild Shield, and the Paul Tessandier Award, for his historic flight across Canada in an ultralight aircraft, as well as his contributions to his country. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario, and travels internationally, speaking about human potential.

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