by Amanda Parrish Morgan
This title is part of a series called Object Lessons. Each relatively short entry gives a detailed view of a common object-here we have the stroller. It is that most iconic of parent purchases. It is an object that publicly states something about each family, in my opinion. I have seen a lot of social pressure around which one of these a family chooses and how it seemingly reflects on them.
This book is framed by the author telling readers something about herself and her decision to be a parent. Her children then enter the scene as do their transportation systems.
From this beginning, comes a lot of information about strollers, beginning with their history. There are some fascinating photos accompanying the text. I would bet that not all readers would know that there was a “gas safe pram” for use during war time. However I was most struck by how the topic of the pram offered the author an excellent opportunity to talk about parenthood and children.
This book is quite interesting and deserves an audience wider than the title may indicate.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Academic for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 20 October 2022