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Higher! Higher! (Leslie Patricelli Board Books)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  766 ratings  ·  164 reviews
The sky’s no limit in a witty picture book about a child on a swing and the wonders of the imagination.

One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go "Higher! Higher!" Add Leslie Patricelli’s wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Candlewick Press
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I loved this picture book because the illustrations so clearly show the fantasy world where your imagination can take you. An unnamed little girl is being pushed on a swing by her father. The words simply say, "Higher! Higher!" As you turn each page,you see how much higher her imagination is taking her on the swing. First, she is looking a giraffe in the eye. Next she is pointing at kids on top of a skyscraper. She gives a thumbs up to a climber at the peak of a mountain. By the middle of the bo ...more
Nia King
How high can you go? The little girls height increases as you turn each page leaving the reader in suspense. The illustrations are everything in this book. Great way for kids to use their imagination.
Read at storytime. The toddlers I read too were pretty lost to the overall concept of changing perspective, but enjoyed the repetition in the text. The five year old crowd however found so much of it hilarious and enjoyable. Each page for them, was like a "Oh no she didn't!" moment. One kid even said "WOW, what could be HIGHER than that!??!" at one point. It was a good book to encourage imagination and creative thinking. The illustrations are clear and playful.
Liza Gilbert
This very short picture book shows a girl who swings higher and higher with each pass. She sees different objects at each level, until the whole process goes backward as she goes down. It's cute, but short and not really memorable.
Cricket Muse
The exhilaration of soaring beyond the blue sky is captured with succinct eloquence in Leslie Patricelli;s picture book Higher! Higher! The sparse repetitive text and bright crayon-like illustrations feature a little girl who gleefully asks to go higher as she swings. The illustrations showcase her imagined sense of achieving greater and greater height until she reaches space and discovers she is not the only one who enjoys the freedom a swing provides. A fun read that appears deceptively easy, ...more
This. Girl. Is so. me.
This book features dramatic illustrations of a child in a swing and only one word per page (repeated twice). You guessed it—“higher”.

When sharing this as a read-aloud to a group try this...

• Ask the children what the girl is saying and wait for someone to say “higher”. Invite everyone to read the page with you. “Higher! Higher!”.
• Turn the page and read together again. Etc/ til you reach the point where she is high up in space and meets an alien.
• Use your free hand and wave, asking what she
Katie Fitzgerald
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Courtney Canino
Higher! Higher!, by Leslie Patricelli, is a picture book that would be best for early childhood readers. The main character in this book is a little girl, who is not named, who is swinging on a swing during the entire time of the book. The point of view is first person because it is told through the little girl's eyes. The setting of this book varies. First she is on a playground, then she gets pushed higher into the sky, then she eventually gets pushed into outer space! The plot of this book is ...more
What's fascinating when you read this book out to children 2 and some to 3 years of age is what they make of it. Holding up the front cover, I ask them, "What's the girl doing?" And hardly any of them - except the oldest or perhaps the most vocal - are able to tell me. This is an excellent book for the ways in which it explores the elements of perception and depth in pictures. There is continuity and flow from one spread to the next (like the minuscule rocket that now appears in full size, with ...more
The book entitled, Higher! Higher! is a picture book that won the 2009 Boston Globe Horn Book Honor award. The book is intended for young readers ranging in age from 3 through 7 years old. This age range covers (N) Nursery, age birth through 5 and (P) Primary, ages 5 through 8.

This picture book was so fascinating to me and it only had two words on the pages in the beginning, which was its’ namesake, Higher! Higher!. The little girl toward the end of the book imagined meeting a strange friend far
Zequoia Hyche
Great book! It is so simple and easy to read! A wonderful way for children to learn a new word and an ever better way to get them to understand what the word means. I love the illustrations and how they play to the meaning of the word, "higher." What I like even better is how it sort of resets itself at the end. Not sure what I mean? Read it. This is the kind of book that you could read over and over again, easily. The sky is the limit. Literally!
Sarah Prekopa
Leslie Patricelli's fun book about a little girl, a swing, and her imagination captured me from the cover! The main character, a little girl with a big imagination, is swinging and pleads with her dad to keep pushing her higher and higher into the sky. She goes so high that she high fives an alien! Coming back down to Earth, she whooshes past buildings, clouds, and mountains only to ask for her dad to do it all over again!

This lovely story has beautiful, colorful illustrations that enhance the b
Jun 25, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Swinging and alien requests
Not much to the story, mostly repeated: "Higher! Higher!" Until the little girl swings into outer space and meets an alien swinging. Ends with a request for "Again!"

Was a real hit and both girls were repeating "Higher! Higher!" with me. One girl grabbed it after story time to reread.
Jan 28, 2015 Slayermel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents of young children and Preschool Teachers
This is a very simple children’s book for the kids to follow along with and begin to feel like they can read on their own. For the most part the words in the book are all “higher, higher” except for “hi” and “high five” and “bye”. The words are bold and large and the pictures are bright.

The story is of a little girl on a swing who wants to be pushed higher and higher. She ends up soaring so High that she sees all sorts of interesting things and eventually ends up in outer space where she meets a
I little girl wants to swing higher and higher! Past the giraffe, skyscraper, mountain top, air plane, Earth, space rocket . . . until she meets an alien. She comes back down to dad and wants to go again.
Emily Bayci
One child keeps wanting to go higher on the swing and dad obliges! This book has limited words (higher! higher!) but can be fun as a quick read and kids can help describe what is happening! toddler-K
Leslie Patricelli is a favorite at our house, with the fresh, fun perspective she infuses into all things toddler. She also manages to tickle the funny bone of toddler parents, and this book is no exception. The refrain 'higher, higher' is one I have heard over and over through the years during our visits to the playground. This book takes off from there, and lets the imagination take us higher, up past skyscrapers and into outer space, where the little girl we see soaring on her swing has a fri ...more
Simple and delightful picture book about a girl on a swing who keeps calling to her dad to push her "Higher! Higher!" And she goes on to have some marvelous adventures! A wonderful book.
I grabbed this new book off the "revise" shelf for a school visit today, and it made a hit in several Kindergarten and First Grade classes! Although quite a few kindergarteners assured me that they, too, have swung high enough to get a "high five" from an alien, the book was good for talking about the concepts of fiction and nonfiction (as well as imagination)! Plus, because of the limited vocabulary used, I read the book twice in each class. Second time around, I invited the kids to "read" alon ...more
NCBLA - Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts (2010)

Fun story about a little girl who swings up, up, and up! Great for baby story time with simple text and bright pictures.
Abby Morgan
I liked this book because beginner readers can practice changing the way they read the same word with different punctuation!
Erin Prosser
I picked this book up because of the colorful illistrations on the front page.

"Higher! Higher!" is a wordless book about a girl who wants to swing on the swing with her dad pushing her and she wants to go higher and higher! through out the book, she goes higher and higher until she gets up to space and meets an alien,then proceeds back down to her daddy and they go home.
I recommend this wordless book because the illistrations are interesting and you can ask the students where she is and where
A fun board book about a little girl swinging higher than a giraffe, skyscrapers, the clouds, and more.
wish there was a little more text, but the concept is great and totally relatable to kids
A little girl is pushed on a swing and on each page has one request: “Higher! Higher!” She swings so high that she sees the rooftops of buildings, a climber on a mountain summit, and even a rocketship! At the height of her swing she encounters a friendly alien, whom she greets with a “High Five!”. This would be a great book to share one-on-one with a young child, building language skills by talking about what the girl can see on each page. Print awareness might also be increased by pointing out ...more
I distinctly remember reading this book in the CFD this spring, and thinking what fun it was to discover new picture books. This book pairs a simple set of words with imaginative pictures to capture the simple joy of being pushed on a swing. Higher! Higher! she goes until she is high enough to say hi to an alien, and then come back down only to want to do it again. This is a fun book, but I would have a hard time presenting it to my older kids unless I could really get them involved, and I would ...more
This book was a wild ride. Exciting and funny - it had us cheering all along the way.
A picture book I bought for my neice. The story is limited with just the words "higher. higher" on each page. The girl is on a swing and she wants her dad to push her higher and higher and as she goes higher, she can see the town, outer space, etc.
I love all of Leslie Patricelli's books. Most of the text in this book is just "Higher, higher!" but the illustrations make the story interesting -- about a little girl going higher and higher in a swing. I guess it struck a chord with me because I used to imagine that I could swing all the way from the swing in my backyard to my grandparents' home. My son liked this one -- probably because he could repeat the whole book back to me! (And he liked when the girl gives the alien -- which he insiste ...more
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Leslie Patricelli is the American writer of the books Blankie and Big Little. Leslie Patricelli grew up in Seattle, Washington close to Pine Lake. At college, Leslie Patricelli majored in Communications at the University of Washington. She became an advertising copywriter after college then became a ski instructor in Italy. Leslie Patricelli is also an illustrator for children. She created and ani ...more
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