Two eyes, a nose, and a mouth—features that are on millions of faces. Yet, it is the subtle change of these features that makes each face unique. Bright, close-up photographs of many faces show the similarity and difference of each person. 2000, Cartwheel Books, $5.99. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: S. Hurliman SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
- Beverly Kobrin
Roberta Grobel Intrater's poem, Two Eyes, A Nose, and A Mouth is a photo-illustrated gem that belongs in every pre- and elementary-school library. Ms. Intrater's life size, face-only photographs are of smilers, from infants to elders. Her lyrical words address their similarities and differences. Words plus pictures impeccably capture the vitality, intensity and promise of childhood. As Ms. Intrater notes "Our differences make us special..." The evocative photos and eloquent words reflect the beauty in diversity.
- Judy Katsh
More than one hundred close-up photographs of the faces of an ethnically, racially, and actuarially diverse population help author Intrater make her point that people are more alike than different; and that such differences as do exist are more to be celebrated than erased, hidden, or ignored. It's an elegant theme, simply communicated.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A delightful visual smorgasbord. Large full-color photographs, strikingly framed by white space, present a rainbow of multicultural faces and expressions. Not only are many races represented, but also the models range from infants to the elderly. The rhyming text marvels at how features as simple as ``two eyes, a nose and a mouth'' result in infinite variety. Smiling faces demonstrate the differences that exist in eyes, eyebrows, and noses. Intrater makes a wonderful graphic point of how dull a world of sameness would be with a double-page spread of over 100 identical smiles. The message that our differences make us special is carried over to the final page, where readers are invited to paste their own picture among even more unique and beautiful faces (a problem for libraries). Young people-watchers can spend hours gazing at these pictures without the usual pitfall of being told not to stare. Although the text definitely plays second fiddle to the photographs, it serves to guide viewers to the diversity in humans that many of us take for granted.-Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA