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The sky’s no limit in a witty picture book about a child on a swing and the wonders of the imagination.One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go "Higher! Higher!" Add Leslie Patricelli’s wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain?The sky’s no limit in a witty picture book about a child on a swing and the wonders of the imagination.One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go "Higher! Higher!" Add Leslie Patricelli’s wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain? Is Earth the final frontier? The creator of a popular series of board books rises to the occasion with an ingenious picture book of very few words that expresses the giddy glee of being pushed in a swing....

Title : Higher! Higher!
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ISBN : 9780763632410
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Higher! Higher! Reviews

  • Archit Ojha
    2019-02-15 23:46

    There is a lot of imagination involved with this one. How much higher can you go in a swing? Can you reach to the space? Oh, anything is possible. The "High Five" came out as a surprise. Recommended for toddlers.

  • Lizzie
    2019-01-25 19:04

    Read at storytime. The toddlers I read too were pretty lost to the overall concept of changing perspective, but enjoyed the repetition in the text. The five year old crowd however found so much of it hilarious and enjoyable. Each page for them, was like a "Oh no she didn't!" moment. One kid even said "WOW, what could be HIGHER than that!??!" at one point. It was a good book to encourage imagination and creative thinking. The illustrations are clear and playful.

  • N_sally
    2019-02-14 16:08

    I loved this picture book because the illustrations so clearly show the fantasy world where your imagination can take you. An unnamed little girl is being pushed on a swing by her father. The words simply say, "Higher! Higher!" As you turn each page,you see how much higher her imagination is taking her on the swing. First, she is looking a giraffe in the eye. Next she is pointing at kids on top of a skyscraper. She gives a thumbs up to a climber at the peak of a mountain. By the middle of the book she is greeting aliens in outer space. All the way up and all the way down, the little girl's face depicts the pure joy of imagining you are in far away place. The last page ends with an illustration of her hugging her dad from the swing and the word, "Again!"The illustrations are childlike drawings done in bold colors with black outlines so they stand out. The faces of the dad and girl are almost like stick people drawings and yet their expressions of happiness are clear. I will use this book to demonstrate several things to my first graders. First, I will express the many text to self connections I made. When I was a little girl, my swing set was my favorite toy and I loved to imagine I was flying places, too. When I became a mother, I would push my own children on the swing and help them imagine they were going to kick a cloud or fly to the moon. I will use it to encourage my students to use their imaginations to take them to faraway places. I will also use it as a model in writers' workshop to show how pictures can tell a story with only a few well chosen words. I think "Higher! Higher!" would be a great book to use with preschoolers-first grade.

  • The Library Lady
    2019-01-20 22:56

    I just loved this book. It only uses a handful of words, and that's all it needs. A little girl goes "higher higher" on a swing and her imagination and Patricelli's bright bold pictures takes her all the way to outer space and home again. My guess is that she won't be the only one saying "again" when this book is shared with a child.

  • Nia King
    2019-02-02 23:46

    How high can you go? The little girls height increases as you turn each page leaving the reader in suspense. The illustrations are everything in this book. Great way for kids to use their imagination.

  • Liza Gilbert
    2019-02-11 22:00

    This very short picture book shows a girl who swings higher and higher with each pass. She sees different objects at each level, until the whole process goes backward as she goes down. It's cute, but short and not really memorable.

  • Mariam
    2019-01-24 23:48

    This. Girl. Is so. me.

  • Kristin Maguire
    2019-02-13 19:57

    An author/illustrator duo that understands its toddler audience--simple and silly!

  • Calvin
    2019-01-26 23:07

    Fun to read as my mom lifts me higher, higher, higher!Read at Bridgeton Trails Library Lap Time with Miss Tess.

  • Katy
    2019-01-22 23:55

    Prefer my picture books with a few more words, unless the art is amazing. Doable for storytime, I'm sure, but I don't think I'll use it.

  • Kathleen Laratta
    2019-02-05 19:01

    This is a good storytime book. I used it for a space theme and definitely elaborated on the simple text. There is a lot to talk about with the pictures.

  • Courtney
    2019-02-04 16:01

    I couldn't pull out any beneficial meanings or lessons from this book. There were only a handful of words and she just kept going higher.

  • Lavonnia
    2019-01-29 19:45

    The book entitled, Higher! Higher! is a picture book that won the 2009 Boston Globe Horn Book Honor award. The book is intended for young readers ranging in age from 3 through 7 years old. This age range covers (N) Nursery, age birth through 5 and (P) Primary, ages 5 through 8.This picture book was so fascinating to me and it only had two words on the pages in the beginning, which was its’ namesake, Higher! Higher!. The little girl toward the end of the book imagined meeting a strange friend far away as she swung higher and higher and in leaving she said Bye.I gave this book a 5 star rating, mainly because of its’ illustrations throughout the book. I enjoyed the illustrations, which captured my imagination and allowed it to run on every page. With the help of the pictures I was able to make up a story, which flowed rather smoothly. I believe a child can imagine a lot of wonderful things especially if they are having so much fun in a swing being pushed higher and higher by their Dad. This is a great picture book in my opinion. It is definitely a great book shelf book read to have. It would help those children who could not read to just imagine what the pictures were saying and for those children who can read, this book would allow them to explore their imagination more. I do believe that this book would appeal to the young reader. The very young child I would use as a guide for building words from the pictures on each page. I would use this book for children who were just a few years older as an aid to draw some other things, people or places the little girl may have gone that was not seen in the illustrations in the book.The book, Higher! Higher! was read and reviewed in September 2013.

  • Courtney Canino
    2019-02-13 22:05

    Higher! Higher!, by Leslie Patricelli, is a picture book that would be best for early childhood readers. The main character in this book is a little girl, who is not named, who is swinging on a swing during the entire time of the book. The point of view is first person because it is told through the little girl's eyes. The setting of this book varies. First she is on a playground, then she gets pushed higher into the sky, then she eventually gets pushed into outer space! The plot of this book is that a little girl goes on a swing and she is being pushed by someone who I am assuming is her father. Every time she gets pushed she wants to go higher than she did the time before. She first starts out at regular height, then gets as high as a giraffe's neck, then to were airplanes fly, and eventually to outer space. She then begins her descend back to where she started. The main ideas of this book are to keep trying to achieve what you want, and do not let any limits hold you back. I would recommend this book because it had great pictures, where children learning to read could follow along and some pages did not even have words so you could make up your own story there. My personal reaction was that I thought it was awesome how the little girls kept going higher and higher and did not let anything stop her.Concluding Statement: Do not let anything hold you back.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-02-13 20:12

    Read at Story Time at the Yoga Studio on 6/15/12: at Baby/Toddler Lap Time on 6/22/12: at "On the Road" story time on 7/12/12: at Baby Lap Time on 7/19/12 and 7/20/12: at "On the Road" story time on 7/25/12: at "On the Road" story time on 7/26/12: at Pajama Story Time on 9/26/12: at Drop-In Story Time on 3/5/13: Read at Baby Lap Time on 3/7/13: at Toddler Lap Time on 3/7/13 & 3/8/13: at preschool story time on 3/8/17:

  • Vivian
    2019-02-15 18:52

    This book features dramatic illustrations of a child in a swing and only one word per page (repeated twice). You guessed it—“higher”. When sharing this as a read-aloud to a group try this...• Ask the children what the girl is saying and wait for someone to say “higher”. Invite everyone to read the page with you. “Higher! Higher!”. • Turn the page and read together again. Etc/ til you reach the point where she is high up in space and meets an alien. • Use your free hand and wave, asking what she is saying. “Hi!” Wave with your other hand and ask what the alien says. “Hi!”. • Turn the page and give the group a “High Five,” asking what the alien and the girl are saying. • Wave again and ask the group what the girl says. “Bye!” Wave with the other hand and ask what the alien says. “Bye!” • Now swoosh your hand and say “Whoosh!” Invite the children to “Whoosh” with you for the next few pages. • Ask the children what she says to her dad when the swing stops. “Again!” • When the story is finished ask, “Was that fun? Shall we have some more vacation pretending fun?”

  • Kapila
    2019-01-28 23:09

    What's fascinating when you read this book out to children 2 and some to 3 years of age is what they make of it. Holding up the front cover, I ask them, "What's the girl doing?" And hardly any of them - except the oldest or perhaps the most vocal - are able to tell me. This is an excellent book for the ways in which it explores the elements of perception and depth in pictures. There is continuity and flow from one spread to the next (like the minuscule rocket that now appears in full size, with a monkey waving hello no less!), and there is a logical swing (haha) to the tale. When we get to the spread of the girl swinging in space, among stars, with the earth below her, it's fascinating - that some children are able to identify the twinkly things as stars - and a couple thought that the earth was the moon! Boldly outlined colours, familiar and meaningful objects and experiences for children, and and a sense of whimsy make this a great read-aloud, despite the fact that the only words in the book are "higher higher!" Touching also is the fact that she comes back down to earth, safe and secure with her father there for her. This story is meant to be told together, through pictures.

  • Cricket Muse
    2019-02-12 16:06

    The exhilaration of soaring beyond the blue sky is captured with succinct eloquence in Leslie Patricelli;s picture book Higher! Higher! The sparse repetitive text and bright crayon-like illustrations feature a little girl who gleefully asks to go higher as she swings. The illustrations showcase her imagined sense of achieving greater and greater height until she reaches space and discovers she is not the only one who enjoys the freedom a swing provides. A fun read that appears deceptively easy, yet offers a deeper understanding of the power of imagination.What makes this book work so well is how unpretentious it is. It is in fact based on the real-life experience of Patricelli’s own child wanting to go “higher, higher” while swinging. The vibrant acrylic colors reflect the childlike delight of almost defying gravity experienced while swinging. The repeated text could either be seen as annoying or genius. The simple text allows readers to feel the rush of seemingly moving beyond the sky until the delightful surprise ending. A satisfying quick read for both beginning readers and adults.

  • Sarah Prekopa
    2019-02-05 16:14

    Leslie Patricelli's fun book about a little girl, a swing, and her imagination captured me from the cover! The main character, a little girl with a big imagination, is swinging and pleads with her dad to keep pushing her higher and higher into the sky. She goes so high that she high fives an alien! Coming back down to Earth, she whooshes past buildings, clouds, and mountains only to ask for her dad to do it all over again!This lovely story has beautiful, colorful illustrations that enhance the book incredibly. The simple text lets the illustrations capture the reader and children would be enthralled by the story. Encouraging children to use their imaginations is a great tool in the classroom and this will enhance their language arts literacy. Leslie Patricelli's story is a wonderful reminder of what the imagination can achieve!

  • Slayermel
    2019-02-01 00:12

    This is a very simple children’s book for the kids to follow along with and begin to feel like they can read on their own. For the most part the words in the book are all “higher, higher” except for “hi” and “high five” and “bye”. The words are bold and large and the pictures are bright.The story is of a little girl on a swing who wants to be pushed higher and higher. She ends up soaring so High that she sees all sorts of interesting things and eventually ends up in outer space where she meets an alien on a swing, they greet each other and high five before having to say bye. The younger children in my group just love the story as they sit and read it themselves pointing at the words to the other children. Great beginner reader skills! :0)

  • Chacha (Vanessa) Centeno
    2019-01-26 17:02

    I was reviewing this book to recommend for library customers in language immersion, or introducing their child to the Spanish language. This book is almost perfect. Towards the end, High Five! shows on the left while Amigos! shows on the right. Every other page in this book has a direct translation on the opposite page. For new readers, they might mix these terms up. High Five DOES NOT translate to Amigos. However, I would expect children in immersion to identify the Spanish word for Friend. In addition, a child could infer from the illustrations that Amigos might mean friend. Overall a wonderful read, just like the full English version.

  • Erin Prosser
    2019-01-25 21:06

    I picked this book up because of the colorful illistrations on the front page. "Higher! Higher!" is a wordless book about a girl who wants to swing on the swing with her dad pushing her and she wants to go higher and higher! through out the book, she goes higher and higher until she gets up to space and meets an alien,then proceeds back down to her daddy and they go home. I recommend this wordless book because the illistrations are interesting and you can ask the students where she is and where you think she will go next.This book would be a good recommendation for 2 to 3 year olds.Maybe even 1 year olds

  • Janessa
    2019-02-07 16:07

    Leslie Patricelli is a favorite at our house, with the fresh, fun perspective she infuses into all things toddler. She also manages to tickle the funny bone of toddler parents, and this book is no exception. The refrain 'higher, higher' is one I have heard over and over through the years during our visits to the playground. This book takes off from there, and lets the imagination take us higher, up past skyscrapers and into outer space, where the little girl we see soaring on her swing has a friendly and humorous encounter with a very cute little martian. There are never more than two words per page, with lots of fun repetition, making this book pitch perfect for the toddler crowd.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-28 21:07

    I grabbed this new book off the "revise" shelf for a school visit today, and it made a hit in several Kindergarten and First Grade classes! Although quite a few kindergarteners assured me that they, too, have swung high enough to get a "high five" from an alien, the book was good for talking about the concepts of fiction and nonfiction (as well as imagination)! Plus, because of the limited vocabulary used, I read the book twice in each class. Second time around, I invited the kids to "read" along with me. I love seeing them experience the feeling of being "fluent readers," plus I was nearly losing my voice by the fourteenth class, so I just let them do the work.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-13 16:54

    I distinctly remember reading this book in the CFD this spring, and thinking what fun it was to discover new picture books. This book pairs a simple set of words with imaginative pictures to capture the simple joy of being pushed on a swing. Higher! Higher! she goes until she is high enough to say hi to an alien, and then come back down only to want to do it again. This is a fun book, but I would have a hard time presenting it to my older kids unless I could really get them involved, and I would worry younger kids might not get it in a large hectic storytime.

  • Megan
    2019-01-30 19:09

    I love all of Leslie Patricelli's books. Most of the text in this book is just "Higher, higher!" but the illustrations make the story interesting -- about a little girl going higher and higher in a swing. I guess it struck a chord with me because I used to imagine that I could swing all the way from the swing in my backyard to my grandparents' home. My son liked this one -- probably because he could repeat the whole book back to me! (And he liked when the girl gives the alien -- which he insisted was a turtle -- a high five)

  • Mary
    2019-02-14 21:46

    A little girl is pushed on a swing and on each page has one request: “Higher! Higher!” She swings so high that she sees the rooftops of buildings, a climber on a mountain summit, and even a rocketship! At the height of her swing she encounters a friendly alien, whom she greets with a “High Five!”. This would be a great book to share one-on-one with a young child, building language skills by talking about what the girl can see on each page. Print awareness might also be increased by pointing out and having the child “read” the word “Higher” as it appears on most pages.

  • Robin (jason&robin)
    2019-01-23 17:49

    I am pretty disappointed with this book. I have always loved Patricelli's books. We own all of them but this one and I am glad we haven't spent the money. The illustrations are great but there is hardly any writing. The first half of the book have the same words on all the pages and the second half have no words at all. It's a cute story but I always find it annoying when the book summary has more words than the actual book does. I won't be buying this one.

  • Treasa
    2019-02-13 18:49

    A little girl soars through the air on a swing, begging her father to push her higher and higher. How high will she go? And will she ever come back down again?This is a delightful book. The illustrations are such fun, and the text is simple and to-the-point - in a good way. And I love that, no matter how high the girl goes, she is always safely connected to her swing - nothing bad can possibly happen to her, and the swing will bring her back home.

  • Peanut
    2019-01-20 21:56

    MOMMY: We love Patricelli's illustrations (did you spy the baby in the plane?) and I would have rated this a solid 4 stars.PEANUT: He bumps this up to a solid 5 stars because he loved identifying everything he saw on the pages. The simple illustrations include enough to be interesting but not overwhelming. He likes saying bye bye to all the characters as she swings back down to her daddy. The result is a running commentary from out little one throughout the book. Peanut age 2-3