Higher! Higher! Hardcover – Mar 24 2009
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About the Author
Leslie Patricelli is the creator of seven board books starring the adorable bald Baby, as well as the picture book THE BIRTHDAY BOX. She lives in Ketchum, Idaho.
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Each push from her dad brings this little pig-tailed cutie to new dizzying heights. First she can see over the bushes, then over the rooftops. A few more pushes and she can see the tops of mountains, a passing airplane and how Earth appears from above. Just when you think she couldn't swing any higher, she meets a surprising new friend (no spoilers here!) before beginning her descent back to Dad.
This book is short on words, but not on emotion. The excitement is clearly evident on the little girl's face as she swings further into the sky. The first seven pages only reiterate the title "Higher! Higher!" and it's up to the reader to inject the enthusiasm. Given the illustrations of her swing progress, that's a pretty easy task.
I love that Leslie can take a everyday, mundane activity and bring to light the type of imaginative thinking that kids are capable of. The swing set might be restricted to her own backyard, but this little girl's imagination knows no bounds.
The author paragraph on the back of the dust jacket cracks me up: Leslie Patricelli lives in the mountain town of Ketchum, Idaho, with her musician husband, three inspiring children, one fat cat, one skinny cat, two fast rabbits, and a legion of well-trained sea monkeys. If that's a peep at Leslie Patricelli's sense of humor, sign me up for all her books. And I'm relieved to hear her sea-monkeys are well trained - that's the mark of a good author.
It's a fun book, a silly book, a beautiful book, and I highly recommend it.
My daughter and I enjoy talking about many things in this book, like the giraffe who probably lives in a zoo near the swingset, the little boy who loses his balloon from the rooftop (and the mountain climber catches it), whether dogs really fly in jet planes, how funny it is to send a monkey into space in a rocket, and what the alien's planet and parent might look like. Plus, the simple language means that my 2-year-old has easily memorized the text and "reads" this book all by herself. We love it!
Along the way, the little girl sees a mountain climber, a rocket ship, and even greets an alien! Didn't we all want to take such a spectacular ride as children?
While looking through the book the first time, I noticed that the book had extremely bright, vivid colors and fun look to it, which is unlike other children's books I've seen. Upon further inspection, I realized that the book is entirely illustrated using acrylic paint on canvas! While (without a doubt) many children's books are artistically illustrated Higher! Higher! has something really special. I would proudly display any of the original illustrations from it in our entrance way. This is true art.
I would recommend this book for any child age 2 to age 7. Any child who likes to swing will enjoy this book. The repetitive wording will help to instill confidence in the newest readers.
Reviewed by Elaine Russo for Book Boo ([...])