They Were Strong and Good, by Robert Lawson
Five out of five stars
This book is based on the impressions that Lawson received of his parents and grandparents when he was a little boy. He starts with his grandparents on both sides and then moves to his parents. The book was published in 1940 and at a time when the author was most likely old. For he mentions that his father’s family owned a slave and his father was twelve at the start of the American Civil War.
The structure of the book is that there is a small amount of explanatory text on the left and a full-page associated illustration on the right. This is the kind of book that all adults would like to write, an autobiography of their immediate ancestors viewed through their eyes. One could only hope to do as good a job at that task as Lawson does in his writing and illustrating.