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Up, Tall and High Hardcover – February 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; Ltf edition (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256110
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

If Ethan Long were taller, he'd be a basketball player or a professional ceiling duster, but because of his average height, he decided to be an author and illustrator of children's books. He also created Tasty Time with Zefronk! on Playhouse Disney. Ethan (www.ethanlong.com) lives in Orlando, Florida.

More About the Author

I love writing books. I love creating characters, crafting plot, and working with great editors and art directors. I love visiting schools and meeting students and teachers. I love when you read and enjoy my books. And of course, I love when you buy them. I hate garlic ice cream, but I love pizza and sushi. I live in Orlando, Florida, USA with my family, and I love them, too. Visit me at http://www.ethanlong.com

Customer Reviews

Very cute book with fun illustrations!
Courtney Taylor
When your young child wants to hear it over and over, you know it's a good one.
Martha C. Dervish
Yet good is inevitably what Mr. Long is.
E. R. Bird

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There was a running gag going around earlier this year that either Dan Santat was the Matthew Cordell of 2012 or Matthew Cordell was the Dan Santat. I'll explain. Both men have a whole SLEW of picture books out in the current year, and we found it funny how prolific both seemed. Prolific they most certainly are, but let's be honest. Neither of them hold a candle to Ethan Long. As far as I can ascertain he has at least seven titles authored and illustrated by himself out in 2012 from publishers as diverse as Penguin, Blue Apple Books, Holiday House, and Running Press Kids. I did ask someone recently how he did it. They just shrugged in response. "He's an animator", they said, by way of explanation. "He's used to working fast." I'm not saying that isn't so, but fast does not normally mean good. Yet good is inevitably what Mr. Long is. I've read all seven of those books and though there is a dip in quality from time to time, overall the man is strangely consistently above par. Of course, of all his 2012 fare "Up! Tall! And High!" is the top of the top. Bar none, this is one of the best toddler/preschooler readalouds of 2012 if not THE best.

In three little chapters we meet a variety of cheerful birds, more than happy to explain to readers the vagarities between terms like "Up" and "Tall" and "High". In the first story two birds inform the reader that they are tall. When a third stilt-wearing bird is called out for not really being tall (despite its claims), he makes the pertinent point that though he may not be tall his plumage when fluffed is NOT small. In story #2 a morose penguin laments that he cannot go high. That is, until a little bird provides the perfect solution. Finally, in the third story two birds go up . . . and then come down unexpectedly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LHK on January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Nothing irks me more than a one-star review from someone who hasn't read the book. What a pile of bologna. As wonderful as Mo Willems is, he didn't actually invent birds. His birds and Ethan Long's birds only look alike in that they are birds & are colorful. Let's make a side-by-side comparison, shall we?
http://www.amazon.com/The-Pigeon-Finds-Hot-Dog/dp/0786818697/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1359474254&sr=8-4&keywords=mo+willems+pigeon
This is a terrific early reader that kids LOVE and, in fact, just won the Theodor Seuss Geisel award (you know, Dr. Seuss!) and yeah, the committee that makes those selections has seen Mo Willems work too, b/c he has won in the past, so I guess this apparent "similarity" didn't bother them a whole lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on March 14, 2013
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I'm always amazed when authors create stories out of only a handful of words, which is exactly what Ethan Long does in this book. Not only does he present three different concepts (up, tall, and high), but he also creates stories that are funny and appealing to preschoolers. In the first story, we learn the concept of tall, but when the supposedly, "tall" bird turns out not to be "tall" at all, he proves that just because one is not tall, does not make one small. I love the way the illustrations clearly show what the words state in such delightful ways. And the flaps are a nice touch. The second story involves a bird helping his friend penguin fly. I love the problem-solving aspect of this story, how the bird uses a creative solution to do the seemingly impossible. A remarkably complex theme told very simply. The third story involves a bird pridefully stating that he is up. When the bird that is 'down' joins him and the tree collapses it beautifully demonstrates the theme of 'pride goeth before a fall' but also the value of having friends to help us up when we fall. Definitely worthy of the 2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Terrell on August 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a really sweet book, and it's also funny. It's the first book that my 5 year old really wanted to read to me all by himself--and he did! That makes it a real winner to me. It's got *something* that he really loves!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Nichols on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Contrary to what you might think, the winner of this year's Theodore Seuss Geisel award, Up, Tall and High! isn't about an insomniac basketball player on speed. Instead a flock of cheerful birds demonstrates the differences between the directional terms up, tall, and high (but not necessarily in that order).

Using bright, bold colors, strong lines, and sparse text, Ethan Long successfully illustrates these words in a humorous way. Adding to the fun, each of the three stories has a gatefold that opens up or down and that further throws light on the concept. In the second story, for instance, a landlocked penguin bemoans the fact he can't fly. An enterprising bluebird hands him some balloons and off he goes. Lift the flap and our penguin friend is now floating into the sky as he exclaims, "Yes, now I can go very high!"

Beginning readers just starting out on the road to fluency are sure to rejoice in a book that has so much to offer--simple text, boisterous art, interactive flaps, and giggles galore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Carlson on July 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I sent this book to my 3 year old niece and she loved it. She thought it was really funny. Good gift.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is beloved by both my 5 year old and my 2.5 year old. Simple and classic illustrations are easy for both to see when we read it together, and there is enough "going on" in the illustrations to ask questions (why is this bird not small?) to keep the older one interested. The little one just loves the simple words, to the point where she can "read" the book because she has memorized the flow. I sense this is going to be a great "first reader" book for my older one when she shows readiness as well; it seems like it would promote that feeling of accomplishment rather quickly!
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