Did You Say Pears?

Overview

“If horns played cool music, and pants were just clothes....”

Horn, pants, nails, trunk, pitcher — all words that can mean more than one thing. Arlene Alda has put together words and images in a delightful and witty book of photographs as inviting as a pair of juicy pears. Did You Say Pears? takes a playful and very clever look at words that sound the same but have different meanings. Young readers will love to hone their budding sense of language with the deceptively simple text and the irresistible photographs ...

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Overview

“If horns played cool music, and pants were just clothes....”

Horn, pants, nails, trunk, pitcher — all words that can mean more than one thing. Arlene Alda has put together words and images in a delightful and witty book of photographs as inviting as a pair of juicy pears. Did You Say Pears? takes a playful and very clever look at words that sound the same but have different meanings. Young readers will love to hone their budding sense of language with the deceptively simple text and the irresistible photographs that offer a first taste of the richness of words. A useful information page explaining the wordplay is included.

Arlene Alda’s photographs challenge the reader to look and look again in this book that is bound to be a family favorite.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“As entertaining as it is aesthetically pleasing.” 
— Publishers Weekly

". . . each photograph is notable for its eye appeal, its freshness, and each verbal sally provokes an aha! moment.” 
— The Globe and Mail

“A marvelously imaginative pairing . . .of homonyms . . . and homophones wrapped up in a rhyme of amazingly few words and terrific offbeat photographs.” 
— Booklist

“ . . .a luscious welcome to the visual and mind-tickling delights of language . . .”
— The Toronto Star

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly
If her The Book of ZZZ's explored the way the animal kingdom snoozes, Arlene Alda's latest, the paper-over-board Did You Say Pears? cleverly uses her crisp, spare photographs to make puns of homonyms and to make some witty pairings. Children will laugh at a lush photo of a birch tree coupled with an elephant for the line "If... a trunk were a nose..." as well as a pairing that depicts a photo of drinking glasses with a rag doll sporting shades ("And glasses could see..."). As entertaining as it is aesthetically pleasing. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This charming picture book takes the often difficult concepts of the homonym and the homophone and explains each with the use of tied pictures. (Indeed, Alda provides the correct definition of each pair of words on page 32 of the text.) Using photographs that are vivid and dynamic in composition, the author then ties in phrasing that kids will both understand and enjoy. For example, to show the homonym pitcher/picture, she uses the phrase "if a pitcher" with a picture of a young boy pitching during a little league game with "could pour" and a picture of a blue pitcher. To show the homophone flower/flour, she uses the phrase "And flower" with a picture of a bright golden sunflower and matches it with "made pie" and a photograph of a custard pie surrounded by white hills of flour. This is a very accessible book for young readers and could even be used with older students/readers in English/Language Arts classrooms. 2006, Tundra Books, Ages 3 to 6.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Photographs carry the meaning of the text in this book that emphasizes common homophones and homonyms. "If horns played cool music," for example, is illustrated with a full-page colorful image of a ram against a grassy green background and a picture of a brass quintet in bright red uniforms. While the text is dependent on the images, some are clumsily staged. "If nails were on fingers" is illustrated with an image of a cluster of nails opposite a photo of an awkwardly posed hand with artificial fingernails. An additional purchase for language-arts units.-Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770492783
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,415,279
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Arlene Alda is an award-winning photographer and writer whose photographs have appeared in Life, Vogue, and People and in numerous galleries. She is the author of twelve children’s books including her most recent, The Book of ZZZs; Morning Glory Monday, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski; and her photographs are featured in 97 Orchard Street, New York, by Linda Granfield. A native New Yorker, Arlene Alda is the proud grandmother of seven. She lives on Long Island with her husband, actor Alan Alda.

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