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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; Ltf edition (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256110
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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The reviews were great for this book for a read aloud and a read alone easy reader. The three year old didn't like it and the five year old thinks it's OK. There are three mini stories within this book which might be part of the problem. There are a few pages that lift-up which are not easily detectable for the younger ones. For an "easy" book it is difficult to follow and read. Ethan Long is a very successful author but this book is not a hit in our house.
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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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