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Higher! Higher! (Leslie Patricelli Board Books)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  907 Ratings  ·  184 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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Oct 20, 2010 N_sally rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2012 Lizzie rated it really liked it
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.
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.
The Library Lady
Apr 22, 2009 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
I just loved this book. It only uses a handful of words, and that's all it needs. A little girl goes "higher higher" on a swing and her imagination and Patricelli's bright bold pictures takes her all the way to outer space and home again. My guess is that she won't be the only one saying "again" when this book is shared with a child.
Liza Gilbert
Aug 10, 2009 Liza Gilbert rated it it was ok
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.
Chacha Centeno
Aug 25, 2015 Chacha Centeno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was reviewing this book to recommend for library customers in language immersion, or introducing their child to the Spanish language. This book is almost perfect. Towards the end, High Five! shows on the left while Amigos! shows on the right. Every other page in this book has a direct translation on the opposite page. For new readers, they might mix these terms up. High Five DOES NOT translate to Amigos. However, I would expect children in immersion to identify the Spanish word for Friend. In ...more
Kristin Maguire
Oct 22, 2015 Kristin Maguire rated it it was amazing
An author/illustrator duo that understands its toddler audience--simple and silly!
Cricket Muse
Dec 25, 2013 Cricket Muse rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 23, 2015 Mariam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This. Girl. Is so. me.
Feb 03, 2015 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Jul 04, 2012 Courtney Canino rated it liked it
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
Sep 28, 2010 Kapila rated it really liked it
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
Dec 03, 2013 Lavonnia rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 10, 2014 Zequoia Hyche rated it really liked it
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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!
This book reminds me of the book Gravity. It is a very easy read with a sparse words on the pages. This is great for the younger grades. They can relate to this book on a personal level. The child in the book is having fun on a swing in the park with her father. The students can easily relate to this and do a writing prompt. This would be a good beginning of the year assignment.
Aug 31, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Another Patricelli charmer. Patricelli takes the reader on a journey of astronomical proportions with about 6 words.

Between the snappy prose and richly colored and simple illustrations, my 10 month old is attentive and demands to read this book multiple times in a row.

There is even a cameo appearance by the baby that stars in many of Patricelli's other books.
Sarah Prekopa
Feb 09, 2012 Sarah Prekopa rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Miss Sarah
Mar 04, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it it was ok
not as good as faster faster this installment still uses very few words like 5 to tell the story of a young girl swinging higher and higher and all the things she sees on her journey on the swing to outer space. Would have liked the journey back to slower. All the things were still in the picture but they were all squeezed into one.
Jun 25, 2014 June rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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
M Lee
Aug 27, 2015 M Lee rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl on a swing with her dad pushing. And on each page she went higher and saw different scenes and finally met an alien in outer space. There are very few words, but the illustrations are nice and we enjoyed the book very much.
Mar 24, 2016 Janet added it
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Amazing bright illustrations draw the reader in from the very beginning. A little girl swings so high she sees Martians.
Age: 1+
Skill: Print Awareness (Exclamation marks can be used to convey enthusiasm at the little girl swings.)
A really simple book with very few words of imagination and fun! The little girl wants to go higher and higher on the swing until she is out in space! A great interactive book for baby story time, where baby can swing higher in caregiver's arms. The same bright colors and high contrast that make Patricelli's books great!
Jan 22, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Jun 10, 2015 Emily Bayci rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
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
Aug 12, 2009 Janessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Jul 16, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 22, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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
Danielle Boccio
Oct 02, 2015 Danielle Boccio rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
It's a simple book that is perfect for real young kids. Somehow, either my 5-year-old or 8-year-old grabbed it from the library, but they still enjoyed it!
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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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