Reviews of A Photo for Greta
"Greta, a young rabbit, loves her father, a photographer who “travels all around the world taking pictures of very important people.” Admiring the framed pictures he’s taken of NASA astronauts, an Olympic gold medalist, musicians, and a winner of a gold-bunny “Oscar,” she wishes to be famous and photo-ready herself. So when her father is away taking pictures of a circus and a ballet, Greta dresses like an acrobat and ballerina, and her father takes her picture when he returns home. And when he’s photographing a country music band, a cowboy boot–wearing Greta plucks “a sad and lonely tune on her guitar,” because he won’t be back until after she is asleep. As she did in Disappearing Desmond, Alter displays notable sensitivity to children’s insecurities and doubts, while providing reassurance of their worth. Her acrylics have a comforting sturdiness, and readers who similarly take pride in their parents’ professions, even as they miss them in their absence, will relate both to Greta’s role-playing when her father is away and their tender time together when he comes home."
– Publishers Weekly
"A bunny misses her photographer father when he’s gone on assignments. Sometimes she wishes she were the subject of his photo shoots. When he covers the circus, Greta imagines she is a circus performer. Then he photographs a country singer, and she plays the part in cowboy boots. When she aspires to have an important job like his, her father assures her that she already has the most important job–being his Greta. The short, sweet text offers young children reassurance as it follows the rabbit’s thoughts while she dreams of ways to be close to her dad. The acrylic paintings of an anthropomorphic rabbit family are reminiscent of those in Margaret Wise Brown’s Good Night Moon (HarperCollins, 1947) and verify the warmth of the narrative . . ."
— Carolyn Janssen, School Library Journal
"And here’s something for Father’s Day: 'A Photo for Greta.' Written and illustrated by Anna Alter, whose own father was a professional photographer and who seems to draw on her own memories. It tells the story of Greta, a bunny whose dad is often away from home, photographing 'very important people.'
As he jets off to document circus performers and country music singers, Greta dresses up and re-enacts at home the scenes she imagines him shooting afar. When her father doesn’t make it home for bedtime, Greta’s mother consoles her with a family album. 'That night, Greta dreamt that she was a photographer, too.'
Alter’s paean to paternal love, strong despite the demands of the road, is at the same time a portrait of an only child who yearns for the limelight of her father’s attention. When Greta’s dad gives his daughter her own photo shoot, 'It was the best day she could remember.'"
— The New York Times