“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.
About the Author
Arlene Alda graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College, received a Fulbright Scholarship, and realized her dream of becoming a professional clarinetist, playing in the Houston Symphony under the baton of Leopold Stokowski. She switched careers when her children were young and became an award-winning photographer and author who has written nineteen books, including "Just Kids from the Bronx". She is the mother of three daughters and the grandmother of eight. She and her husband, actor Alan Alda, live in New York City and Long Island.
“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