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Here a Face, There a Faceby Arlene Alda
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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 childs imagination wants to go. Whimsical text heightens the search and helps us find the unusual characters who are quietly gathered all around us. Aldas 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 doeil photos make Here a Face, There a Face perfect for the young or young at heart.
This is Arlene Aldas third, and perhaps her most clever photographic essay. Look for The Book of ZZZs and Did You Say Pears?
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Arlene Alda is an award-winning photographer and writer whose photographs have appeared in Life, Vogue, and People as well as numerous galleries. She is the author of thirteen childrens books including her most recent, Did You Say Pears?; The Book of ZZZs; and Morning Glory Monday, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski. Her photographs are also featured in 97 Orchard Street, New York, by Linda Granfield. A native New Yorker, Arlene Alda lives on Long Island with her husband, actor Alan Alda.
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