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From morning to night, a child's day is filled with opposites. Fast -- slow. Rough -- smooth. Empty -- full. Nina Crew's brilliant photographs of the everyday world of a brother and sister will have young viewers discovering their own daily opposites and loudly announcing them to anyone larger -- or smaller -- than they.
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Nina Crews grew up n New York City. After graduating from Yale University in 1985, she worked in commercial animation production and contributed illustrations to magazines, including the Village Voice and Parenting. Her first picture book, One Hot Summer Day, was published in 1995.It was followed by I'll Catch the Moon and Snowball.
In her own words....
"I look back to move forward on a new children's book. I try to remember a much younger me and recreate some of the things that delighted me then. These pleasures were often quite simple, perhaps the shape or taste of something or the colors that it evoked-and everything was set against a noisy, busy, city backdrop.
"I was raised in New York City. I think I've always loved it. There may have been more tall buildings than trees, but I enjoyed the city and all its variety. The people, the neighborhoods, all of the city's quirkiness were endlessly exciting.
"I started taking pictures at an early age, and the city was my first subject. I grew up in a family of artists and saw the children's-book business firsthand. My parents, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas, always encouraged my sister and me in all our art projects. I had wellrounded art training in high school but became more focused on photography in college. Since then I have been working in commercial animation production and doing freelance photo-collage illustration.
"I love making collages. Some of my favorite artists—Romare Bearden, Hannah Hoch, and Man Ray—combined photography and collage. Collage allows me to use photography playfully and to tell a story on many levels.
"I enjoy photographing children. The interaction always adds something to the project; their performances always give me new ideas. I try to keep the photography session as loose as possible. Collaging the images allows me a great deal of freedom. Basically, almost anything can happen.
"Writing the text is another kind of challenge. I try to find a good balance between the written story and the visual story. Each one should help the other. Picture books are the combination of two forms of poetry, written and visual, and their flow should be musical. I find myself reading a lot of poetry while I work on ideas.
"As a child I loved books and I loved to look. The more there was to see in any one image, the better. I also loved books that were set in city places. I hope that a new generation will get these same pleasures from my books."From Booklist:
Clear, full-page color photographs with one-word captions show the opposites in the ordinary activities of a sister and younger brother during one day. The girl reaches for a book high on the shelf; on the opposite page, the boy crouches low with his toys under the table. Under the trees they play with their large dog; on the opposite page the girl looks at one small ant on her arm. With expressive faces and body language, each active picture suggests a story, and preschoolers will enjoy talking about the feelings and dynamics in each scenario. Is the girl a little downcast in one picture? Or is she thoughtful? Tired? She's certainly having fun later. The children are loud in the bathtub, quiet as they listen to a story. Most evocative is the final beautiful pairing: near as Mom tucks the boy in bed; far, the view through the window of the dark city night. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1999. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP102831031
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