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Up, Tall, and High!

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Three side-splitting stories in one great picture book!

In three laugh-out-loud situations, an irresistible cast of colorful birds illustrate the concepts of "up," "tall" and "high." First, a short peacock proves that he may not be tall, but he definitely isn't small. Then, a resourceful bird helps his penguin friend find a way to fly. Finally, two birds want to live in th
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Putnam Juvenile
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There was a running gag going around earlier this year that either Dan Santat was the Matthew Cordell of 2012 or Matthew Cordell was the Dan Santat. I'll explain. Both men have a whole SLEW of picture books out in the current year, and we found it funny how prolific both seemed. Prolific they most certainly are, but let's be honest. Neither of them hold a candle to Ethan Long. As far as I can ascertain he has at least seven titles authored and illustrated by himself out in 2012 from publishers a ...more
A cute lift the flap book that has more substance than your usual lift the flap book. Usually these kinds of books rely on the novelty of the flaps to encourage interest, and in doing so, are lacking in any substance. With Long's book, this isn't so. Not enough words to be even a level 1 reader, yet still enough content to make it fun, interesting, and educational. Fun, because the birds are silly, bright, colorful, and entertaining. Interesting because the flaps keep you in suspense how each sc ...more
This was a good book...but I wanted it to be a little funnier. However, this is a great book for those who like to read short, chapter-like books. It feels almost like an easy reader/beginning reader book but it has few words and is illustrated more like a picture book (full-color pictures on each page with some text on top of the pictures). It is also closer to an easy reader sized book than a picture book (aka good for one or two people to read together but might be a little small for storytim ...more
A good concept book for up, tall, and high. It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be and I was left with an "eh" feeling. But it will probably work well for younger, early readers--and they'll have an occasional life-the-flap to enjoy.
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Up, tall and high. / Ethan Long. / 2012.

Genre: Fiction: Humor.

Format: Easy Reader - print.

Plot summary:
"Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
up and down, tall and short, high and low, directions, vocabulary, birds, humor

Review citation:
"The three stories utilize repetition of very few words ... but the accompanying illustrations great
A group of birds talk about who is tall, who is high in the air, and who is up in a tree in a series of very short chapters. Birds compare their height by insisting that they are the tall one. The ending of that story comes with a short bird who is definitely not small. The high in the air story is about a bird who can fly and a penguin who can’t, but a solution is found. Up in a tree is a story about a little bird who is up in a tree and a larger bird who decides to join him there. Each of the ...more
Up! Tall! and High! by Ethan Long is an Easy to Read Book, which has won the Geisel Award. Its intended for ages four to seven, and is a flap book whose main characters of birds, review opposites.

This would be a fun method on understanding opposites as a group or individually. Repetition of words will help with learning to read as well. The cartoon illustrations will entrap the attention of the little ones. Having them assist with telling the story by uncovering the pages, will be a enjoyable e
Early Reader Books

Author: Ethan Long

Illustration: Ethan Long and Marikka Tamura

Title: Up! Tall! And High!

Publisher: The Penguin Group

Copyright: 2012

Genre: Picture Book/ Early Reader, Geisel Winner

Grade Level/ Age: 5 – 7 years, K – 1st grade

Lexile: n/a

Rating: 5

Summary/Reason for Rating: This book is three stories put into one, about three birds who compares themselves of being up, tall, and high. I rated this book a 5 because of the drawings, humor, text boxes, and simple colors. The drawings of
This picture wordbook has three different stories in one. The first is about two birds fighting for whom is taller, and then a short peacock proves that he may not be tall, but he is not small either. The second is about two birds saying they can go high, until a penguin appears and say he has no wings so they help him fly with some balloons. And the last is about two birds that want to live in the same tree, but they fall because what goes up must come down. This book is funny because I never i ...more
Up, Tall, High by Ethan Long (2012)
Picture Book
Plot summary: Through illustrations and movable flaps, birds demonstrate the differences in meaning of "up", "tall", and "high".
No special considerations.
Review citation (if available):Rochman, Hazel. Booklist , 3/15/2012, Vol. 108 Issue 14, p67
Section source used to find the material: Theodore Seuss Geisel Award (2013), ALA Notable Children's Book (2013)
Recommended age: Pre-K to 1st grade
Kathryn Edmunds
I read this story during my picture book soak. This is one of my favorite stories that I have read so far. The genre for this story is fictional humor picture book and is intended for ages 4-7. This story is about three bigs that are different sizes. The birds talk about the concepts of up, tall, and high in a humorous way. I really enjoyed reading this book because I felt that kids would find it really fun to learn about these concepts while laughing at the birds. The colors and illustrations t ...more
Victoria Alvarez
This is a very easy to read book, with very colorful and creative illustrations. There are three birds which are the main characters. The firs one says he is a tall bird, but then the second bird appears and said he is taller The third bird appears saying he is not the talles, but he is big. Then they start arguing about who can fly higher except for the penguin who can't fly, but they give him balloons so that he can eventually fly. This book is all about how this birds help each other to becom ...more
Lauran Ferguson
This book is adorable. I think all the little birds are so cute and the author/illustrator did a great job. I also love the fact that the book has flaps on certain pages that a child has to open to see what happens next. The text itself may not be very meaningful, but the pictures make it all flow together
Erica Karp
This is a basic book that introduces the concepts of up, down, short, tall, low, and high. There are a couple of birds that compare themselves to one another. There are some flaps that reveal funny situations related to the concept such as the shortest bird standing on stilts to be the tallest and a penguin being attached to balloons to fly the highest. This would be a good book to use to introduce students to the idea of antonyms and measurement. The book does a good job of visually representin ...more
This book teaches directional terms in a colorful and amusing way. I think early readers and their parents will enjoy it. My only complaint is that the fold-outs seem a bit cumbersome. Winner of the 2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.
Mariah Mathews
Up, Tall, and High is a story about the lives of three different birds. This is a beginner's chapter book where each bird has its' own chapter. The short stories discuss the birds comparing their heights. This book teaches the differences between concepts such as up, down, and tall. The theme of this book is opposites. After reading this book teachers could compare it to a known Dr. Seuss book, "Hop on Pop." The teacher and students could compare and contrast the two books. After it would be a g ...more
Ashlyn Ryder
Long, E. (2012). Up, tall, and high. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Geisel Award
Source: CLCD
Concept Book

Through the use of cartoon like illustrations and simple text birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high which could be usesd as an introductory read aloud. Young readers are sure to find it interesting the way that the bird characters speak in bold talking bubble dialogue. Like myself, young readers are sure to let out a little giggle at the innocent humor found in the li
Bethley Giles
Long, E. (2012). Up! Tall! and High! New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons
Geisel Award, 2013
Concept Book

This book is a fun and engaging read for young readers. The illustrations are bright and funny and help explain the concepts in an enjoyable way. The words are simple with plenty of repetition for the earliest reader. I especially enjoyed the flaps that made the book a little more interactive and surprising. This book would be perfect to teach the concepts of tall, short, up, down, high and low for
Amy Musser
In this fun, flap-filled picture book the concepts of up, tall, and high are explored in three episodic stories. Each concept is humorously acted out by a cast of colorful birds who speak in speech bubbles. The cartoon-like illustrations use bright colors and thick black outlines to convey the concepts, as well as the reactions of the birds. This is a fun book to read to preschoolers or a great choice for independent early reading.

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Catherine Nichols
Contrary to what you might think, the winner of this year's Theodore Seuss Geisel award, Up, Tall and High! isn't about an insomniac basketball player on speed. Instead a flock of cheerful birds demonstrates the differences between the directional terms up, tall, and high (but not necessarily in that order).

Using bright, bold colors, strong lines, and sparse text, Ethan Long successfully illustrates these words in a humorous way. Adding to the fun, each of the three stories has a gatefold that o
I'm always amazed when authors create stories out of only a handful of words, which is exactly what Ethan Long does in this book. Not only does he present three different concepts (up, tall, and high), but he also creates stories that are funny and appealing to preschoolers. In the first story, we learn the concept of tall, but when the supposedly, "tall" bird turns out not to be "tall" at all, he proves that just because one is not tall, does not make one small. I love the way the illustrations ...more
Three very brief stories illustrate the meaning of the words up, down, tall, small, and high—and power plays gone awry. Brightly colored, simply drawn (think Mo Willems) birds vie to see which is tallest, which can fly highest, and which is up or down. As they do, they learn the value of compassion, teamwork, and friendship. The first story shows three birds comparing their height and learning size is relative. In the second story, two birds trying to see which can go higher take pity on a bird ...more
Book 30 Bibliographic Citation:
Long, E. (2012).Up! tall! and high! But not necessarily in that order. New York, NY: G. P. Putman’s Sons.

Age/Grade Level: (Ages 2–7, Grades PS–2/Emergent Readers)

A flock of colorful birds debate who is up, tallest, and highest through humorous conversation.
Awards/Reviewing Sources:
2013 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award Winner
Booklist (March 15, 2012 (Vol. 108, No. 14))
Horn Book (Fall 2012)
Kirkus Reviews (January 15, 2012)
Publishers Weekly (December 19, 2011)
Amy Whitmer
Up, Tall, High, is a simple book for preschoolers that has a variety of birds demonstrating the concepts of up, tall, and high, as well as "not small" and down.

The illustrations are very colorful, mostly tropical and pastel shades of pink, blue, yellow, purple, and green. The birds are exaggerated and look fun and friendly. The illustrations also demonstrate the concepts of the book. For example, when a bird is flying, he says he can "go high". When a bird puffs out his feathers, he is "not sma
Assignment: Picture Book Project
Category: I Can Read
Recommending Source: Geisel Award 2013

Review: Divided into three different humorous stories, this book provides the reader with the concepts of being tall, flying high, and up versus down. In the first story, an orange bird announces that he is tall. A taller, purple bird comes along and proclaims he is tall. A third, green bird arrives on extended legs and the purple bird points out that the bird is not all. In response, the green bird jumps d
Erin Phillips
Picture Book Project
Category: I Can Read
Source:Geisel Award

A captivating story with very few words-fascinating! I work with preschoolers and found this book to be a great choice for young readers, while also helping them understand adjectives and prepositions. A group of birds finds a way to explain what up tall and high mean, in a clever, creative and illustrative way. I would like to use this story in a younger grade, to provide images of what those words mean. When children are presented wit
Kelsi Wilkins
This is a very simple, fun children’s books. The colors in this book are bright, exciting and very inviting. I really like the colors the author picked for the book. This book would we great for begging readers, children in pre-k, K or first grade. This book has many words that can get students started in the right reading direction. The book are teacher’s students about different animals and their different sizes (big, small, short, and tall). Concepts of up and down are mentioned.
Stacy Bowden
Up, Tall and High, written and illustrated by Ethan Long, is a humorous book divided into three short tales that involve a group of brightly colored birds learning about the concepts up/down, tall/short, and high/low. The brightly decorated front cover shows a picture of the main characters of the story with clues to the storyline "Up!," "Tall!," "and High!". Illustrations are simple and in brightly colored cartoon style. Text is simple, short, and contained in conversation bubbles. As an additi ...more

Not for the older crowd, my wife and I read this to a group of five and six year olds. We were right on the verge of losing them, but they enjoyed flipping the action sequences.

I believe the sweet spot is for early readers/sight readers. The repetitive nature of this book is sure to assist kids pick up words like big and tall. Sure, it could have been a little better, or covered a bit more ground, but what it was was simple and fun. We all liked it. It made us laugh.

The pictures were colorf
Long, E. (2012). Up! Tall! and High! New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons.
I Can Read book; 2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

A bright, engaging book! Vocabulary is simple and repetitive. Expressive characters reinforce the text and fold-out pages add an unexpected element of fun! Word bubbles help the young reader to know who’s talking. New color schemes indicate a new section with a different word pattern. Back endpaper completes the story. Gives good practice on high frequency sight words. Ages 4-8.
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