Did You Say Pears?
By Arlene Alda
(Tundra Books, Hardcover, 9780887767395, 32pp.)
Publication Date: January 10, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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“If horns played cool music, and pants were just clothes....”
Horn, pants, nails, trunk, pitcher — all words that can mean more than one thing. Arlene Alda has put together words and images in a delightful and witty book of photographs as inviting as a pair of juicy pears. Did You Say Pears? takes a playful and very clever look at words that sound the same but have different meanings. Young readers will love to hone their budding sense of language with the deceptively simple text and the irresistible photographs that offer a first taste of the richness of words. A useful information page explaining the wordplay is included.
Arlene Alda’s photographs challenge the reader to look and look again in this book that is bound to be a family favorite.
Arlene Alda is an award-winning photographer and writer whose photographs have appeared in Life, Vogue, and People and in numerous galleries. She is the author of twelve children’s books including her most recent, The Book of ZZZs; Morning Glory Monday, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski; and her photographs are featured in 97 Orchard Street, New York, by Linda Granfield. A native New Yorker, Arlene Alda is the proud grandmother of seven. She lives on Long Island with her husband, actor Alan Alda.
“As entertaining as it is aesthetically pleasing.”
— Publishers Weekly
". . . each photograph is notable for its eye appeal, its freshness, and each verbal sally provokes an aha! moment.”
— The Globe and Mail
“A marvelously imaginative pairing . . .of homonyms . . . and homophones wrapped up in a rhyme of amazingly few words and terrific offbeat photographs.”
“ . . .a luscious welcome to the visual and mind-tickling delights of language . . .”
— The Toronto Star