Up!

Up!

by Kristine O'Connell George, Hiroe Nakata
     
 

A trip to the park with Daddy is full of joyful opportunities to climb, to jump, to swing, to be lifted . . . Up! Once again, award-winning poet Kristine O’Connell George takes a playful look at the world through the eyes of a very young child. With a theme every parent and toddler will recognize, her brief stanzas, accompanied by Hiroe Nakata’s bright

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A trip to the park with Daddy is full of joyful opportunities to climb, to jump, to swing, to be lifted . . . Up! Once again, award-winning poet Kristine O’Connell George takes a playful look at the world through the eyes of a very young child. With a theme every parent and toddler will recognize, her brief stanzas, accompanied by Hiroe Nakata’s bright watercolor paintings, perfectly capture the thrill and exuberance of being “Up!”

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Minimal, rhyming words that bounce with an irresistable beat...a toddler's eye-view...airy, spirited watercolors" BOOKLIST, starred Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"Whimsical and bright watercolor art combined with rhyming text and lots of smiles make for a fun father-and-daughter outing." SLJ School Library Journal

"fun-filled romp...vivacious...George's bubbly tale is just the right thing to capture a bustling toddler's attention." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"Cheerful singsong rhythm...exuberant, light-filled watercolors...[an] enthusiastic take on quality time spent under the springtime sun" BCCB Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A father and his toddler share a day of fun, doing simple everyday things. After a family breakfast, Dad dresses his energetic, bouncing daughter, and off they go with the tot on his shoulders, "Grab Dad's ears./Off to the park-/look who steers!" She rides on swings and seesaws, climbs up and rolls down hills, and slides down the slide. Finally, "Up in a tree,/I'm safe and snug-/tucked inside/my daddy's hug." Whimsical and bright watercolor art combined with rhyming text and lots of smiles make for a fun father-and-daughter outing. An easygoing selection for most collections.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618064892
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Kristine O'Connell George, one of the principal voices in contemporary children's poetry, has received the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Promising Poet Award. She lives with her family in Agoura, California.

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