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UP! by Kristine O'Connell George

UP!

by Kristine O'Connell George & illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

Pub Date: March 28th, 2005
ISBN: 0-618-06489-3
Publisher: Clarion

George deftly captures the frenetic life that is toddlerhood in this sprightly outing designed primarily as a concept tale to convey the notion of “up.” She uses short, snappy rhymes delivered in staccato fashion to express a toddler’s boundless enthusiasm for all things, including being aloft. A trip to the park, scaling the great height of the playground slide and even tumbling down a grassy knoll provide useful contrasts of being up versus down. George’s fun-filled romp is tempered with poignancy as tot and pop settle on a branch—after climbing up the tree—in a rare moment of stillness. Nakata’s watercolor illustrations burst off the pages in a riot of invigorating hues, mingling lemon yellow, crisp sea-foam green and vibrant tangerine hues to create a visual palette that is as vivacious as the tale. George’s bubbly tale is just the right thing to capture a bustling toddler’s attention. (Picture book. 2-4)