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UP ABOVE AND DOWN BELOW by Paloma Valdivia Kirkus Star


by Paloma Valdivia & illustrated by Paloma Valdivia

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-926973-39-5
Publisher: Owlkids Books

A small book about a big idea.

Chilean author/illustrator Valdivia highlights the notion that although different kinds of people live in different places around the world, we share many things in common. The title subtly references the Earth's northern and southern hemispheres, launching readers into a picture book with spreads characterized by a line bisecting each page into upper and lower halves. This graceful attention to design contributes to the great success of this title, in which stylized characters populate both realms. Straightforward, lyrical text describes opposing seasons and other ways in which life in both places differs and coincides. Design and illustration take center stage in this book’s achievement, with eye-catching compositions that revel in muted tones, employing well-placed spots of blues and greens to highlight various details. The concluding line, “They can all look at the world the other way around,” gently underscores the book’s central message about the importance of considering other perspectives and seeing the common ground we share.

A visually stunning, gently restrained picture book that should be high up on readers’ lists

. (Picture book. 4-8)