Hello, Good-Bye

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An opposites book like no other — from the inimitable Arlene Alda!

Author / photographer Arlene Alda is back with another delightful photo essay. This time she tackles the concept of opposites with her keen sense of humor and sharp eye. This slightly off-beat collection of images is fodder for the imagination — an opposites book like no other. For children from five to eight, and those who still remember the magic of first discoveries, Arlene’s through-the-lens perceptions offer...

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Overview

An opposites book like no other — from the inimitable Arlene Alda!

Author / photographer Arlene Alda is back with another delightful photo essay. This time she tackles the concept of opposites with her keen sense of humor and sharp eye. This slightly off-beat collection of images is fodder for the imagination — an opposites book like no other. For children from five to eight, and those who still remember the magic of first discoveries, Arlene’s through-the-lens perceptions offer new ways to see and think about those remarkable “everyday” things around us.

This is the fourth book in a series that not only instructs but also raises visual awareness and fine-tunes observational skills. Look for The Book of ZZZs, Did You Say Pears?, and Here a Face, There a Face.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Here a Face, There a Face:
“Clever rhyming text and other photographs offer verbal and visual surprises, aha! moments.” — Globe and Mail

“Alda stimulates children’s imaginations by showing them strange yet strangely familiar images formed by everyday objects around them, from bathroom faucets to cooking pots. With excellent photos interpreting the theme, this book is a pleasure to enjoy and to share with others.” — Booklist

Praise for Did You Say Pears?:
“As entertaining as it is aesthetically pleasing.” — Publishers Weekly

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

Publishers Weekly

Alda (Here a Face, There a Face) attempts to enter a very crowded shelf with her photography book of opposites. For "push" and "pull," she uses the example of a street crew trying to move a huge stone statue of Buddha; on the left side of the spread, they're shown exerting their weight behind the statue, while on the right, they've tied ropes around it in an attempt to haul it. The Buddha's unperturbed expression and the glimpse of an advertising model's quizzical blue eyes on a passing bus add a bit of comic commentary. Unfortunately, this pair and a few others are exceptions to what is otherwise a collection of largely unremarkable images that do not always illustrate the concepts strongly (a lion statue with its mouth open is "hungry" while another lion with its mouth closed is "full"; a sunrise and a sunset for "hello" and "good-bye" could easily be reversed). With so many choices available (photographic or otherwise), this one misses its mark. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Erika Clark
In an album-style format, Hello, Good-bye includes action, still, and artistic photographs to explain the text. Arranged on a white background, the photographs that show different meanings between two words or phrases easily attract the reader. Alda creatively captures images of objects that may be familiar or foreign to the reader since photographs were taken from a diverse range of locations and from distinct points of view. What is the difference between hungry and full? A statue of a ferocious lion with its mouth roaring open compared with a statue of a lion that appears more peaceful and calm is an imaginative way to exemplify the meaning of the two words. This selection also includes themes like temperature, weather, directionality, realistic versus make-believe, and much more. Whether in a crop-filled countryside or along a busy street in a grand city, the reader will learn how a familiar word can be applied to different environments that he or she may not have seen before. Reviewer: Erika Clark
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

Alda's interesting, full-color photographs that illustrate a series of opposites are the strength of this book. The uniquely composed pictures are accompanied by mostly single words or phrases as captions. While some examples clearly show the word's meaning, others may require some explanation. Traditional brick architecture opposing a modern skyscraper for "old" and "new" and a statue of a roaring lion compared with one of a closed-mouth lioness for "hungry" and "full" bring a somewhat sophisticated perspective to the concept of opposites and may spark discussion. Tana Hoban's Push, Pull, Empty, Full (S & S, 1972) is still the standard photo-essay on the topic. Hoban's Exactly the Opposite (1990), Nina Crews's A High, Low, Near, Far, Loud, Quiet Story (1999, both HarperCollins), and Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Black? White! Day? Night! (Roaring Brook, 2006) all offer more obvious examples.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Although it seems simple, the concept of opposites can be difficult for very young children to grasp. Alda's attractive photographs won't necessarily be a big help, featuring subjects as disparate as a palm tree on the beach and a stone Buddha being transported through the streets of New York. Most only carry a single-word description. Particularly for abstract ideas like "above" and "below," the connection between pictures (in this case of one tree's branches and a different tree's roots) and words may be fuzzy at best. This doesn't mean, however, that the book doesn't work-it just doesn't do what readers expect. It opens a world of possibilities for observation and conversation. Young listeners will be intrigued both by the unusual objects pictured on some pages and by the photographer's creative view of more familiar items. Berries are sweet and juicy, yes, but soft? Of course they are, particularly when compared to pumpkins and squashes, but it's still a novel way of seeing them, one that offers children (and adults) an enchanting new perspective. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887769009
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Arlene Alda is an award-winning photographer and writer whose work has appeared in numerous galleries, as well as Life, Vogue, and People magazines. She is the author of fourteen children’s books including Iris Has a Virus; Here a Face, There a Face; Did You Say Pears?; The Book of ZZZs; and Morning Glory Monday, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski. Her photographs are featured in 97 Orchard Street, New York, written by Linda Granfield. A native New Yorker, Arlene Alda lives on Long Island with her husband, actor Alan Alda.
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