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HIGHER! HIGHER! by Leslie Patricelli


by Leslie Patricelli & illustrated by Leslie Patricelli

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3241-0
Publisher: Candlewick

Patricelli once again proves she is a master of demonstrating for very young children the wonders of a good imagination (The Birthday Box, 2007). In her latest, a father pushes his daughter on a swing to her gleeful shouts of “Higher! Higher!” The imaginative toddler’s swing goes so high that she passes a giraffe, a high-rise building, a mountain climber, an airplane full of people and a rocket ship in outer space. When she finally reaches the apex of her arc, she exchanges a “High five!” with an alien child who is on a swing of its own. Her descent brings her past them all again and back to her father’s waiting embrace. “Again!” The text uses only six different words, allowing the acrylic illustrations to speak enthusiastic volumes. The simple design, minimalist details and bright colors will appeal to the youngest listeners. Throughout, facial expressions and body language reflect surprise, curiosity, wonder and joy—never fear. Certain to rise higher and higher in popularity. (Picture book. 3-7)