Up, Tall, and High!
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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...more
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
Joella www.cinjoella.com
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
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...more
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
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...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
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
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.
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.
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.

Read More at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long stars clever birds who demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall and high.

Long's colorful art was created with an ink and brush line, then scanned in and colored digitally. Bright colors, appealing birds, and some lift-the-flaps add a twist or two to the humorous drawings. My favorite images are endpapers, not tall, poof, not small, very high, crash, and down!

Employing, and reusing, less than 40 words, Lang's simple, repetitive text uses a large font perfect...more
Amanda Howell
Oct 07, 2013 Amanda Howell added it
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Picture Book Log: I Can Read
Review Source: Geisel Award

This book is full of playful cartoon characters and light-hearted fun. It keeps students attention with the goofy characters and the big words that they can read from across the room.

The pictures in this book draw students in and get their attention. The birds are goofy looking and the students can laugh at the pictures and laugh with the characters in the story. The speech bubbles above the characters heads help the students follow along wi...more
Mell Simons
This book is great for very young, or emerging readers, or children just learning to sit in their parents' lap and listen to a story. The book has so few words that it is shared within 2 minutes, but my Kinder and 1st graders liked the book. The flip up pictures were a favorite, and I called the students up to flip them to see hat was under it.
Sep 30, 2013 Martha added it
This book is very colorful and great for preschoolers, has pop outs and is very easy to read. The colors are mostly pastel colors and tropical, the birds are goofy looking. This book doesn't really have a story to it but three different ones all for the concepts of up tall and high. The story would be a great read aloud book for kids in kindergarten as well because it can help kids be creative in ways that they can explain certain things as well, the book could also be acted out, has a lot of ro...more
An adorable little book containing 3 short stories with punch lines that even my 2.5 year old got. The stories are fun even after multiple readings. The simple line drawings and bright colours are attractive.
Sarah George
1) Genre: Picture Book
2) This cute book shows direction with flip up pages and different bird characters. This simple book is humorous, yet enjoyable.
3) a. Character Expressions
b. The expressions of the characters in this book truly made the book come alive. The way that the illustrator had the characters coming from all sides of the pages gave this book more depth.
c. On the final page of the book all of the characters are peeking in from the edges of the book and say "We'll help you up!" end...more

Fun, interactive, lift-the-flap design. Hilarious birds. Several quibbles:
1) the dedication says "For Mom, who I love this much!" and I dunno, in print I wish people would stick to grammatical accuracy and use the objective "whom" when it's called for;
2) First page, bird says "I am tall!" and the cartoon ruler has 13 notches. Which I suppose is kind of like a cartoon hand having four fingers, so maybe that works.
3) Last page: "We'll help you up!" - an action I expected to witness, but instead t...more
Containing three flaps, two that lift up and one that lifts down, this early reader book contains three different stories featuring three birds. In the first one, a peacock uses elevated sneakers to prove how tall it is, and then when his friends disagree, he proves that he is larger than they might think. The next two stories examine how one flight-challenged bird can still go high, and how one bird may go up in a bush, but two birds may end up being too much for that bush. The book is filled w...more
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