Higher! Higher!

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Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Exhilarating imaginary trip high above the swingset.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Girl’s imaginary swing into space celebrates a good imagination.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The little girl is, of course, eager to go higher and higher -- she’s brave and thrilled.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know the young girl on the swing is never afraid, but eager to go ever higher into the sky.

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Parent of a 7-year-old Written bypjb123 February 25, 2010
All books by this author/illustrator are fresh and fun and delightful. We have this one, as well as Yummy Yucky, Big Small and the rest. Classics!

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What's the story?

A young girl getting pushed on a swing makes a familiar request: “Higher! Higher!” She imagines herself soaring ever higher, above buildings and mountains and into space, for a high-five with an alien counterpart before swinging back down to Earth to do it all over again.

Is it any good?

Only six words are used in the entire book, but the pictures are an exuberant tale all on their own. What child hasn’t imagined soaring above the trees while on a swing? But what about going so high you could give a thumbs-up to a mountaineer, or wave to passengers in a plane?

Leslie Patricelli captures the boundless joy of swinging, and kids will readily relate to the young girl’s adventure. Animated, expressive artwork makes this an energetic read, perfect for pre-readers and new readers.

Bold, bright, and playful pictures are a joy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pretending. What do you imagine when you’re on the swings? How high would you go?

  • What would you see? What do you pretend on the slide, or in the sandbox?

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