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Hello, Good-bye (edition 2009)

by Arlene Alda

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Title:Hello, Good-bye
Authors:Arlene Alda
Info:Tundra Books (2009), Hardcover, 32 pages
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I like Arlene Alda's works, but have mixed results with them when reading them to children. Some like "Here a Face, There a Face" are tremendously popular. Others just get sort of a nod and a look like 'can we move on'. "Hello, Good-bye" lies somewhere's in between. The problem being that the photographs aren't necessarily the best for small fry.

Cold and Hot, for example, are well done. There's an evergreen covered with snow on one page and a palm tree on a beach on the opposing page. The images are attractive and convey the ideas well. But to give you an example of where things don't work out as well, let's look at Old and New.

In both cases there is architecture. An old building (Europe?) on a river versus a new abstract looking building. Now you and I and even older kids would understand why one would think the abstract-painting building was New... but two year olds don't have the cultural context to make that connection and heaven knows but most children I know aren't that interested in buildings.

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"Hello, Good-Bye" is a concept book that addresses contrasts. It's a better book for slightly older children.

The pictures are typical of Alda's work. And this book, like all of hers, are certainly worth sharing with children, either at home or at school. Good LibraryFind.

Text consist of single words. Accelerated Reading level given as generic "1".

Pam T~
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews.com
  PamFamilyLibrary | Oct 9, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0887769004, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:21 -0400)

Through picture illustrations reader sees opposites.

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