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Swing High, Swing Low: A Day of Opposites Hardcover – January 10, 2005

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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd (January 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841481629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841481623
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Baronian on December 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book with unique, lovely illustrations. The story, a day in the life of a family - a sister, brother, mother and father, is told in lyrical poetry and stunning pictures. Our 20 month old son has loved this book since we bought it about five months ago. Our 19 month old niece loves it too. They want us to read it to them over and over. It is that type of book that adults also look forward to reading. This is a classic.
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My daughter loves this book. She loves pointing to all the different items in the illustrations, and learning what they are and how they relate to the story. The illustrations are lovely, charming, so it is easy for a child to enjoy. Some books can be harsh. It has the standard opposites in rhyme which helps the children learn the story and makes them reading ready.

I was a teacher in the NYC public school system for 17 years and I recommend this book.
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