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A Photo for Gretaby Anna Alter
Synopses & Reviews
Greta loves spending time with her dad. She loves reading books with him, playing checkers in the park with him, and eating ice cream with him on Saturdays. But Greta's dad often has to travel far from home for work. He's an important photographer who takes pictures of astronauts, opera singers, and basketball players. Greta has her own adventures while her dad is away, but she misses him. When he finally returns home, Greta learns that taking pictures isn't the only important thing to her dad.
Here's a reassuring story about the special bond between fathers and daughters and the love that endures even when one of them has to be away from home.
"Greta, a young rabbit, loves her father, a photographer who 'travels all around the world taking pictures of very important people.' Admiring the framed pictures he's taken of NASA astronauts, an Olympic gold medalist, musicians, and a winner of a gold-bunny 'Oscar,' she wishes to be famous and photo-ready herself. So when her father is away taking pictures of a circus and a ballet, Greta dresses like an acrobat and ballerina, and her father takes her picture when he returns home. And when he's photographing a country music band, a cowboy boot — wearing Greta plucks 'a sad and lonely tune on her guitar,' because he won't be back until after she is asleep. As she did in Disappearing Desmond, Alter displays notable sensitivity to children's insecurities and doubts, while providing reassurance of their worth. Her acrylics have a comforting sturdiness, and readers who similarly take pride in their parents' professions, even as they miss them in their absence, will relate both to Greta's role-playing when her father is away and their tender time together when he comes home. Ages 5 — 8. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Greta's father is a professional photographer who is often away from home, but when he and Greta are together they share wonderful times. Includes activities.
About the Author
ANNA ALTER graduated from the Rhode Island School for Design. She has written and illustrated a number of children's books including Abigail Spells, Disappearing Desmond, and What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?
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