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Hello, Good-bye Hardcover – March 10, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1–3—Alda's interesting, full-color photographs that illustrate a series of opposites are the strength of this book. The uniquely composed pictures are accompanied by mostly single words or phrases as captions. While some examples clearly show the word's meaning, others may require some explanation. Traditional brick architecture opposing a modern skyscraper for "old" and "new" and a statue of a roaring lion compared with one of a closed-mouth lioness for "hungry" and "full" bring a somewhat sophisticated perspective to the concept of opposites and may spark discussion. Tana Hoban's Push, Pull, Empty, Full (S & S, 1972) is still the standard photo-essay on the topic. Hoban's Exactly the Opposite (1990), Nina Crews's A High, Low, Near, Far, Loud, Quiet Story (1999, both HarperCollins), and Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Black? White! Day? Night! (Roaring Brook, 2006) all offer more obvious examples.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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Exceptionally fine color photographs bring clarity as well as beauty to this book of opposites. Alda, whose previous concept books include Did You Say Pears? (2006) and Arlene Alda’s 123 (1998), creates images that are striking in themselves and meaningful when paired with their opposites. Made of weathered brick, the old buildings on a canal contrast effectively with the new steel-and-glass skyscraper. An umbrella carried in a city rainstorm is wet, while its counterpart on a sunny beach is dry. At an outdoor market, the raspberries and blueberries are soft, while the pumpkins are hard. In the simple, effective layout, each page carries one well-composed photo with its identifying word or phrase. Opposite concepts are displayed on facing pages. The closing page briefly identifies the subject and site of each picture. This offers plenty of opportunities for interaction between young children and those reading to them. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan
Top customer reviews
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.
"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".
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews
On each left-hand page in this book there is a photograph with a single word describing the scene and on the right there is another opposing photograph with another single descriptive word. From New York, to Germany, to France, to Barcelona and beyond the photography visually describes a hopscotch tour from country to country. Do you prefer raspberries or blueberries? They are soft. Are you going to get a pumpkin for Halloween? They are hard.
This is a versatile book. It can be used as a cozy, comfy cuddle up book to share with your child, it can be used as a read aloud book in circle time, or can actually be used as a beginning antonym book. The `round the world photographic tour is wonderful and although the text is simple, loads of fun can be had reading and talking about the content and concepts. Until we see another delightful Arlene Alda book in print, we'll just have to say . . . good-bye!