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Up, Tall, and High! by Ethan Long
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Jul 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: for-fun, humor, kids_fiction, picture-books, young-readers, toddlers
Read 3 times. Last read July 13, 2012 to July 16, 2012.

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 that can’t fly and give it a bunch of balloons to carry it aloft. “I Am Up” is a story about one bird being up in a tree and another down on the ground—until it flies up to join the first and in so doing, breaks the tree trunk! Down they go, but along come some birds to help them up. There are plenty of visual clues, made funnier by a lift the flap page in each story. Long’s broadly outlined figures demand smiles as they cavort with each other. The concepts are made clear in both the illustrations and the words. The sturdy paper should hold up to little hands try to lift or pull the flaps. The very controlled vocabulary make this perfect for very young listeners, but also just right for a child just beginning to read on his own. Having some Reader’s Theatre fun with these simple yet skillfully told tales is a definite possibility. This book earns a tall two thumbs up!

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