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Shadows and reflections
Hoban, Tana.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1990]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : all color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Photographs without text feature shadows and reflections of various objects, animals, and people.

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Central Library PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
Clarence Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
Collins Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Concord Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Orchard Park Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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"This imaginative, wordless book of color photographs is a visual treat, offering witty and subtle sets of images for enriching the eyes of children and adults....[A] satisfying, intriguing book."--School Library Journal.

Shadows and reflections are all around us -- under our feet, over our heads, directly in front of us. But only Tana Hoban can make us look at -- and see -- what is right before our eyes. She makes us look with our minds and hearts and imaginations -- and our surroundings are forever changed.

Author Notes

Tana Hoban was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has also lived in Holland and England. Hoban graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia in 1938, and painted in Europe as a recipient of the John Frederick Lewis Fellowship. When she returned to Philadelphia, she worked as a free-lance advertising artist and magazine illustrator. By 1950 her work was included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and in 1953 she was the only woman mentioned in a Time magazine portfolio on "Half a Century of U.S. Photography." In 1959 she was named one of the Top Ten Women Photographers by the Professional Photographers of America.

Hoban worked as an instructor in photography at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania from 1966 to 1968. In 1967 she produced and filmed Catsup, an award-winning film which was shown at the Venice Film Festival. By 1955, she had written a book on photographing children, and in 1970 she combined her skills as a photographer with her interest in children to produce her first juvenile picture book, Shapes and Things. In 1973, Hoban served as project photographer for Beginning Concepts, a series of sound filmstrips produced by Scholastic Magazines, Inc. From 1974 to 1976 she taught photography at New York University.

As of 1990, five of her books had been listed as ALA Notables. She has received awards for her entire body of work three separate times. In 1991, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from her alma mater, the Moore College of Art. Her works are included in the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, among other collections in both the United States and France.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

From one of the leading creators of wordless picture books comes this elegant array of photographic images tied together by a common theme. Whether in clouds reflected in the clear glass of a skycraper, a row of flamingos mirrored in a quiet pond, or spiky shadows of beach grass against a sand dune, Hoban's clear-eyed vision of the everyday world serves as a gentle reminder of the abundance of beauty in the ordinary. A gifted photographer, Hoban sees with the eyes of a child, and zeroes in on subjects that more jaded vision often overlooks. Her book is elementary enough for very young children to enjoy, sophisticated enough for older readers and an absolute must for budding photographers. Ages 2-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1 Up-- This imaginative, wordless book of color photographs is a visual treat, offering witty and subtle sets of images for enriching the eyes of children and adults. The photographs are handsome in themselves, but the way in which they have been put together is often masterful. There is a sense of movement across many of the 14 pairs of photographs, leading readers' eyes from the picture on the right to the one on the left and up, looping through the book in an enjoyable way. The sets of images juxtaposed include objects, animals, and people reflected in mirrors, glass, metal, and water. A photograph of a bear reflected in water has the richness and texture of an abstract painting. An old apartment building reflected in panes of glass looks like a fantasy construction by Gaudi. There's more than a hint of mystery in the photographs--some pictures can't be identified, many are upside down or truncated. Yet it works well and intensifies the viewing experience. Hoban has included more examples of reflection than shadow, but readers will realize that a reflection is sometimes also a shadow. Close and repeated observation proves rewarding in this satisfying, intriguing book. --Marilyn Iarusso, New York Pub . Lib . (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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