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Up Above and Down Below [Kindle Edition]

Sue Redding
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Book Description

Ants march on a picnic and turn it upside down,
returning with treats for friends underground.

Up above, the ants are taking over a picnic. But down below is another story. Look closely and you'll find very different worlds living side by side, at a picnic, in the ocean, in the blazing desert, even inside the same two-story home. Sue Redding's bold, wonderfully detailed illustrations hide lots of fun and mischiefkeep an eye out for the red ant and green worm who have snuck into every picture! Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–Each spread illustrates activities above and below ground in specific locales: a house and its cellar, a stage, a picnic spot, the Antarctic, a jungle, a city street, a desert, a vegetable garden, two boats, a golf course, and a suburban street. The colorful, computer-generated pictures are elaborate and interesting. Most of the below-ground scenes are fairly plausible, but others include animals playing cards, reading, etc. The one beneath the golf course humorously shows gophers using machinelike contraptions to recycle golf balls. The scenes are separated by rhyming couplets. Unfamiliar words such as performing, crew, unaware, and conceals offer good teaching moments. Children will want to pore over the details and think about the many activities depicted in the art. Pair this title with Arlene Mosel's The Funny Little Woman (Puffin, 1993) for another amusing depiction of what goes on above and below ground.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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From Booklist

PreS. In this debut picture book, whimsical, computer-generated pictures juxtapose active worlds, above and below ground. The simple, rhyming text introduces the scenarios: "While actors on stage are performing a play, the crew down below is working away." The full-page spreads, split horizontally in two, show different scenes: rooms filled with family activity above a quiet basement; hikers in a hot desert above spelunkers in a cool cave. Some of the most fanciful scenes include animals: golfers fret on the course above an underground factory where gophers collect and polish balls. A few spreads focus on water, and the contrasts in mood are stark: while sailors toss on a stormy sea above, "under the waves, it's as calm as can be." Children will return again and again to find new objects in the bright, clean-lined artwork, and an ant and worm tucked into each spread offer an added seek-and-find game. Guaranteed fun for interactive, one-on-one read-alouds. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 6637 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (March 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BDD086Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for "big" and little ones! June 24, 2006
With gorgeous, clever pictures and spare text, you can't just "read" this book to your child... you'll have discussions about the small (ants and worms figure big here) and the large (the Antarctic, the rain forest, whales.) Each turn of the page presents a cheerful, but ever-so-gently-subversive, panorama of animals and people sharing the same space. Like all great children's entertainment, there's plenty to amuse adults as well as kids.

This book was a gift to my three-year old, who loudly informs us that this is "HIS favorite." I've never written an Amazon review, but was inspired to check this book's listing -- and to add my son's recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and clever March 19, 2007
By Janis
I bought this book for my 3 year old son because I was drawn to the quirky artwork.

It has proven to be a family favorite. The best part is the pictures are so detailed that we are always discovering something new and funny. The text is a bit lacking but in this case a picture is worth a thousand words.

If you like cool books with great art then this is highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for preschoolers March 1, 2007
Our four-year-old son loves this book. The saturated colors, detailed illustrations, and the simple concept offers much in the way of discussion about the world and everyday life with preschoolers. When I asked my son what he liked about it, he said, "I just love it, that's all." Enough said.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor March 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very difficult to see on my tablet or Iphone. The book might be great but it doesn't display well on my electronics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 5 year old loves it! June 9, 2013
By Jane A
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful little book, which describes lots of things children might not think about, but are very important. From ants to underground water pipes, this book is informative and the illustrations make learning fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only avaible on Kindle May 22, 2013
By bosgirl
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this e-book because it was part of a daily kindle deal for 99 cents. I read it once and immediately took it out at our local library so my child could read it with me without having her use my kindle to read it. We love this book so much that we tried to buy a hardcopy of it and it is no longer in production and pretty expensive if you can find a used copy. The pictures are so bright and entertaining for both adults and children. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sent it as a gift May 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I sent this story to several of my grandchildren as a gift when it was a kindle daily deal. They all loved it, according to their parents, so I have to give it a pretty good rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining! May 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Vivid illustrations, keeps 3 yr old entertained much longer than most. Great for where is the.... count the.... Type questions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book!
I sent this to my daughter so that she could put it on her kindle for my grandsons to read. Fun way to send a little gift, and they enjoyed it.
Published 16 months ago by M. Hammel
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
My 3 young kids all like this book. The pictures have many details to keep them entertained. Not much of a story, though.
Published 16 months ago by L. Yilmaz
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work on PC or iOS
Expect that you can read this book on common platforms like iOS or Windows? You're wrong. The Kindle version only works on Kindle Fire devices and on the limited set of Android... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations!
This is a new favorite book for bedtime. It's a mix between Richard Scary and Charlie Harper. A wonderful read for the whole family.
Published 17 months ago by April L Semones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is such a wonderful and delightful book. Cute children's story with rhymes and awesome artwork. Kids will enjoy the story and looking at the pictures.
Published 17 months ago by v
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
Up Above and Down Below was one of my son's favorite books when he was 3. Now he's five and it's still a favorite! Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by Harper Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars great picture book
I bought this book for my 18 month old nephew, after witnessing a friend's toddler's love of the book. Read more
Published on January 20, 2011 by LB109
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to talk about
This book is fun! My two kids (ages 4 and 2)ask for it constantly. We finally had to buy it because they whined when I tried to return the library's copy (which we'd checked out... Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by abc mom
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