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Way up High in a Tall Green Tree

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Way up high
in a rain-forest tree,
there's lots and lots
for us to see.
It's right to the top!
Climb along with me!
Let's explore each branch
of this tall green tree!

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Overview

Way up high
in a rain-forest tree,
there's lots and lots
for us to see.
It's right to the top!
Climb along with me!
Let's explore each branch
of this tall green tree!

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After going Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea, readers can travel Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree by Jan Peck, illus. by Valeria Petrone. Tucked away in the treetops are an ocelot, kinkajou and the better known sloth and boa constrictor, among others. As bedtime approaches, the girl narrator bids them goodnight (in reverse order); and readers see that she was at home in her bunk all along. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Readers join a young girl for a rollicking climb up a tall green tree as she spies a variety of rainforest animals, from the well-known parrot to the exotic kinkajou. She greets each animal in turn, then says, "See you later" and climbs away. The repetitive, rhyming text invites young children to read along, as do the playful phrases like "Yakity-yak, parrot" and "S-l-o-w M-o, hairy sloth." Bold, colorful, digitally rendered art captures the girl's adventure and the creative use of perspective emphasizes the googly eyes of the tree frog and the long, slithery body of the boa. In the end, the child says "Nighty-night" to each creature, then climbs down to meet her daddy, as the tall green tree transforms into a bunk bed strewn with plush-toy animals. This book is similar to Peck's Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea (S & S, 2004), in which a boy explores the ocean inside his bathtub. Green Tree promises to be a solid hit for storytimes and bedtime reading.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this sequel to Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea (2004), a little girl with a huge head and bulgy eyes climbs up a tree at night, greeting various rain forest animals. In this imaginative bedtime story, the author describes the unnamed girl's adventure through a short, patterned text of six lines, with the titular phrase as the introductory line. After meeting nine animals, she says good night, first to the moon and all the rainforest creatures, and then to her father as she returns to reality. The final page shows the little girl asleep in her bunk bed with all her stuffed animals around her, each one corresponding to the rainforest creatures. Petrone uses a bold touch in her digitally produced illustrations, placing bright animals and splashes of jungle-green leaves against a starry sky. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416900719
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: Ages 3-6
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 486,309
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Peck has written stories and articles in Highlights for Children, Boys' Life, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines. In adition, she is the author of The Giant Carrot, illustrated by Barry Root, and her story "The Perfect Dog" is in the best-selling book Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. Her previous picture book with Simon & Schuster is Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea. She resides in Texas.

Valeria Petrone has illustrated several books for children, including Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins, Say Cheese! by Nancy Smiler Levinson, and Uh-Oh! by Marion Dane Bauer. She is the illustrator for Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo and, most recently, illustrated Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea. She currently lives in Italy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Jan Peck and Valeria Petrone hit a home run!

    I confess I'm in awe of Ms. Peck and Ms. Petroni! This book of musical rhymes and vibrant colors will enchant the little ones at your house. They'll love the colorful animals from the rain forest,and love reading and memorizing the text. Not to be missed!

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