From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–A quiet, lyrical text follows a family through a series of daily activities. With a sentence or two per spread, the children go "Up the ladder, down the stairs," etc., until, at night, "The moon is awake, but the house is asleep." The artistic ink-and-watercolor pictures do not provide clear examples of the concepts; often they are confusing. Not all of the pairs are illustrated, so it's sometimes unclear which opposite is depicted. The text placement further muddles the presentation. Children may enjoy the familiarity of the story, but they're unlikely to learn much from it.–Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL
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About the Author
Fiona Coward spent fifteen years as a primary school teacher and is currently an Adult and Community Education teacher. She was inspired to write Swing High, Swing Low while riding her bike along the river Ouse when 'the opening six words came to mind and stuck there!' Fiona lives in York with her husband, two daughters and three guinea pigs. Giovanni Manna's distinctive illustrations style have been exhibited worldwide, and in 1996 he won first prize at Italy's Chioggia International Exhibition. Giovanni has illustrated many Barefoot Books, including The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins (1999), You and Me (2000), First Morning: Poems About Time (2001) and The Barefoot Book of Knights (2002). He currently lives in Bologna.