From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Photographs carry the meaning of the text in this book that emphasizes common homophones and homonyms. If horns played cool music, for example, is illustrated with a full-page colorful image of a ram against a grassy green background and a picture of a brass quintet in bright red uniforms. While the text is dependent on the images, some are clumsily staged. If nails were on fingers is illustrated with an image of a cluster of nails opposite a photo of an awkwardly posed hand with artificial fingernails. An additional purchase for language-arts units.–Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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K-Gr. 3. A marvelously imaginative pairing (sorry) of homonyms (words that sound alike but have different meanings and the same spelling) and homophones (words that sound alike but have different meanings and different spellings), wrapped up in a rhyme of amazingly few words and terrific offbeat photographs. "If a pitcher / could pour" reads the text on a spread showing a boy pitching a baseball to a girl batter opposite a photograph of a perfectly luscious blue china water pitcher. "And glasses / could see" is illustrated by photos of clear glass and colored plastic tumblers opposite a rosy rag doll wearing shades. "If the sun / could laugh" pairs a sunset with a giggling, bouncing baby boy, and the "blew" of blowing out birthday candles is matched with a perfect expanse of cloudless blue sky. Accomplished author and photographer Alda is married to the actor Alan Alda and impishly notes on the back cover copy that "they have been a pair for many years." GraceAnne DeCandidoCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved