Here a Face, There a Face

Here a Face, There a Face

by Arlene Alda
     
 

Author/photographer Arlene Alda has produced yet another brilliantly simple rhyming safari — this time in search of faces in unusual places. These faces are found on buildings, in trees, mailboxes, and fountains. Coy, funny, grumpy, comical, or sad, they are almost anywhere a child’s imagination wants to go. Whimsical text heightens the search and helps

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Author/photographer Arlene Alda has produced yet another brilliantly simple rhyming safari — this time in search of faces in unusual places. These faces are found on buildings, in trees, mailboxes, and fountains. Coy, funny, grumpy, comical, or sad, they are almost anywhere a child’s imagination wants to go. Whimsical text heightens the search and helps us find the unusual characters who are quietly gathered all around us. Alda’s unique through-the-lens perceptions will launch young children on a visual adventure that just might be hard to return from.

The easy-to-read text and trampe d’oeil photos make Here a Face, There a Face perfect for the young or young at heart.

This is Arlene Alda’s third, and perhaps her most clever photographic essay. Look for The Book of ZZZs and Did You Say Pears?

Editorial Reviews

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

“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…. Repeated viewings only reveal in more and more detail just how careful, clever and professional this seemingly simple picture book is — a perfect concept and a happy diversion, too.”
The Toronto Star

Publishers Weekly

The artist behind the camera for Did You Say Pears?delivers another perky photo-essay that blends poetry, art and elements of traditional seek-and-find books. This outing challenges readers to see faces-combinations of eyes, nose, mouth-in such everyday objects as water faucets, a mailbox or a skillet in which eggs are sizzling. Each of her color photos is accompanied by a brief phrase that helps focus the reader's attention and is also part of a longer rhyming couplet ("Looking up,/ Glancing down,/ Staring straight ahead./ On a pot,/ In a pan,/ Even on some bread"). The verse grows more abstract toward the end, and the closing image, of clouds, may throw some readers ("Look, there goes a fluffy pig... floating towards its bed"). But those who love seeing the ordinary in new ways, especially those who aren't yet ready for I Spy and Look-Alike titles, will welcome this entry. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Ken and Sylvia Marantz
With her usual crisp, clear photographs, Alda opens our eyes to the "faces" that can be seen in ordinary objects and places all around us. On each page she uses only a few words that form rhymes when put together to tell us where to look and what we are looking at. From a pot or a loaf of bread, to a church or a house, to mailboxes, flowers, or clouds in the sky, her camera catches a wide variety of "faces" that should inspire readers to sharper visual awareness. Many of these images challenge our imaginations in ways that other such collections lack. The variety of facial expressions alone is amazing. This is only one of Alda's series of collections of photographs to stimulate visual perception. Reviewer: Ken and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3- A simple rhyming text leads children from page to page and photo to photo in the discovery of "faces" in ordinary objects. Each page has a short line of the verse and a color photograph of a manmade or natural object with facial characteristics. The photographs are clearly focused and cropped so that viewers can zoom in on the countenance. The subjects include buildings, a kitchen pot, a tree, mailboxes, and more. Youngsters will delight in finding the eyes, noses, and mouths. Some faces are more challenging to see than others, but all will encourage children to find faces even beyond the book's pages. With a format similar to Tana Hoban's books, this title will appeal to the same audience.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

Kirkus Reviews
The world takes on a decidedly animistic aspect in this photo album, as Alda's camera finds faces on trees and buildings, in the kitchen and the bathroom, in patterns on rugs, windows, the fronts of post-office mailboxes and even the slashes on round loaves of bread. Some pictures have a put-together look, but most seem to be presented as found, in natural light and without extensive digital manipulation. As she suddenly turns skyward on the last page to depict a piglet-shaped cloud, her attention span isn't as steady as it might be, and most of the faces she finds aren't nearly as friendly looking as those in Francois Robert's similar Find a Face (2004). Still, this will effectively spur young children to look more closely and imaginatively at their surroundings. A short rhymed text helps to identify each object or locale. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887768453
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
03/11/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,117,839
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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