Up, Tall and High

Long, Ethan

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Up, Tall and High
Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012
ISBN: 9780399256110
Branch Call Number: J PIC L
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.


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A flock of fine feathered friends illustrate these similar concepts with humor and flaps.

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Jan 24, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Three fun stories teach about concepts like tallness and "up" versus "down." The fold-outs are fun, the birds are cute, and the stories are simple yet humorous.

Nov 22, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The kids weren't impressed--too simple, I think. But it's an interesting look at how things are all relative. Plus, the pictures are cute.

Nov 28, 2012

Through "captivating" (Kirkus Reviews) illustrations, fold-out panels, and very simple text, the three funny stories in this book demonstrate the concepts of "up," "tall," and "high." Featuring three cartoon birds who outdo and out-boast one another but also help each other out, this is a clever and entertaining book that both toddlers and beginning readers can enjoy. For more fun concept books, check out Leslie Patricelli's Yummy Yucky and Quiet Loud.
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Sep 14, 2012
  • theresa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great humor. Playful first read for new readers.

Jul 30, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Finding picture books with limited word counts can be mighty difficult sometimes. Most bookstores and libraries don't separate out their picture books into reading levels (easy books are another matter altogether). It will be the happy child first coming to reading that discovers "Up! Tall! And High!" on their own. It will be the happy parent who recognizes the book for the wonder that it is and relegates it to permanent bedtime story status as a result. Good for crowds. Good for one-on-ones. Good for everyone.

Jun 18, 2012
  • SCL_EarlyYears rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fun and playful beginning reader with a nice touch of humour.


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Mar 26, 2013

taracrean thinks this title is suitable for 1 years and over

Jul 30, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 5


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Jul 30, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In three little chapters we meet a variety of cheerful birds, more than happy to explain to readers the vagarities between terms like "Up" and "Tall" and "High". In the first story two birds inform the reader that they are tall. When a third stilt-wearing bird is called out for not really being tall (despite its claims), he makes the pertinent point that though he may not be tall his plumage when fluffed is NOT small. In story #2 a morose penguin laments that he cannot go high. That is, until a little bird provides the perfect solution. Finally, in the third story two birds go up . . . and then come down unexpectedly. Long fills his pages with vibrant colors and clear-cut lines, just as his birds speak with simple but clever wordplay.


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