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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811848760
  • ASIN: B0035G039O
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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
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Up Above and Down Below was one of my son's favorite books when he was 3.
Harper Curtis
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.
bosgirl
It has very engaging detailed pictures with very little real text to read so it is great even for our 2yo to follow.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nanotang on June 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By Janis on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 By S. Hilbert on March 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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By GAIL Widholm on 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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By Jane A on June 9, 2013
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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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By bosgirl on May 22, 2013
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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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By Em Zebra on May 11, 2013
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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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By Leona Redd on May 10, 2013
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Vivid illustrations, keeps 3 yr old entertained much longer than most. Great for where is the.... count the.... Type questions.
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