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Up, Tall, and High!

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  858 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
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 G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Jul 30, 2012 Betsy rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Feb 28, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Alyssa Crowley
Long, Ethan. Up Tall and High. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2012.

This three-sided story tells about different situations that the humorous birds find themselves in. Throughout these silly stories readers are able to become aware of the concepts up, tall, and high. The story introduces these concepts in cute ways that are very likely to erupt laughter from young readers. The book involves readers through the flaps. Each of the stories allow for readers to predict something that is
Dr. O
Feb 03, 2015 Dr. O rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book. It is a prime example of books with few words that say a whole lot. All three “chapters” show birds who are comparing themselves to one another. In the first sequence, the birds compare height. Ethan Long cleverly shows a “tall” bird, then a bird that is taller than the first, and finally bird legs that make the reader think a VERY tall bird is the tallest of them all when actually the third bird is on stilts. Admittedly, the third bird is not tall…but he let
Oct 07, 2014 Jeanine rated it liked it
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
Mar 16, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 27, 2016 Kennedy added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
UP! TALL! AND HIGH! by Ethan Long is a super cute picture book that is about a group of colorful birds that are up (or not), tall (or not), and high (or not). The book has really great illustrations and there are somewhat interactive parts in the book at fold out to continue the story. All these birds try to find out whose the tallest, highest flyer around in this easy to ready story, only sometimes the outcome doesn't always work out, but a friend is usually there to help when they need it.
Kathryn Dykes
Long, Ethan. Up, Tall and High! The Penguin Group, 2012. 40 p. Gr. Pr-K.

Plot Summary: Tickle your insides with this whimsical book about birds competing over who is the tallest, who can fly highest, and who is up! Each bird runs into some sort of dilemma, but then devise clever plans to help compensate, such as tying balloons around the penguin to help him fly. The humor is light and easy for all to appreciate; who wouldn’t giggle at a peacock standing on stilts? The bright colors, amusing fold
Oct 22, 2014 Anabella rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 12, 2013 Jacoba rated it liked it
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
Brooke Bradford
Nov 25, 2015 Brooke Bradford rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, early-reader
Annotation: Birds try and find out who is up, who is tall, and who is high! The birds first argue about who is tall and who is not. Then the birds argue about who can fly the highest. The last thing the birds argue about is who is up and who is down. Although some of the birds surprise on another with the things they come up with to be tall, fly high, and be up in a tree. What will the birds come up with next?

Classroom connection/personal response: This book is perfect to set up a math activity
Kathryn Edmunds
Feb 09, 2014 Kathryn Edmunds rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 642-books
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
Oct 22, 2014 Victoria Alvarez rated it really liked it
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
Jenny Schuth
Jan 21, 2016 Jenny Schuth rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Up Tall and High: But not necessarily in that order by Ethan Long was about some birds comparing themselves to one another. They compared how tall they were and if they could fly or not. There was not much of a story line other than that.

As far as for beginning readers this might be a good book for them to read. The pictures are bright and the words are very simple. It is a fairly short book and there isn't much to it. I thought it was cute but not my favorite simply because there just was not
Lauran Ferguson
Sep 28, 2013 Lauran Ferguson rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2014 Erica Karp rated it liked it
Shelves: math, literacy
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
May 29, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 26, 2015 Alaina rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

This easy to read picture book follows a group of silly birds as the prove who is tall, who can fly high and who is up tall. There are flaps to lift as the birds encounter silly situations and new characters.
The smaller size and thick, glossy pages of this book make it enjoyable to read as an adult, and would be much easier for a child’s hands to hold than a large picture book. The colorful birds’ dialogue is the only text, which would be easy for a child to read.
The smaller size of this book
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
Laura Brenneisen
Title: Up, Tall, and High! By: Ethan Long Copyright: 2012 Number of Pages: 40 Lit Require: Geisel award winner

This book is a concept book, but also teaches about what different types of birds can do, or their particular characteristics. There isn't really much to say about it except that it could teach the students in pre-k-K the opposites as well as what different types of birds can and cannot do.

I would not really recommend this book, there are other books out there that can do a better job wi
Edward Sullivan
Feb 18, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Fun concept book introducing readers to the ideas of perspective and relativity.
Ashlyn Ryder
Oct 20, 2014 Ashlyn Ryder rated it it was ok
Shelves: libs-642
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
Oct 20, 2014 Bethley Giles rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs642
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 Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
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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Up, Tall and High! won the Theodore Seuss Geisel award in 2013. It's an example of a book with minimal text and engaging visuals. It's the story of three different birds that show the concepts of up, tall and high. I think visual literacy is necessary for a young reader to get the most out of the story because although the illustrations show the concepts, a young child might need to be further engaged through discussion, physical actions, etc. to fully understand the differences between them.

Cara Wilson
May 06, 2015 Cara Wilson rated it really liked it
Up, Tall, and High! by Ethan Long
Cara W., Spring 2015

Geisel Award Winner

Up, Tall, and High! is a children's lift-the-flap book. This book works well with content. There are not very many words but the flaps would keep a child busy. This book's main goal is to teach opposites.

I do like this book. My only objection is that this book could have been written a little better. I also feel there are other books out there that are better off teaching children opposities. This book does have a cute facto
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