By Leslie Patricelli
Published by Candlewick Press, 2009
Ages: 2 – 5
Themes: Height, perspective, distance, fantasy v fiction, swinging
Indeed, these are the only words we read, several times, except a cute interchange in the middle when the little girl on the swing reaches the extremes of her imaginary swinging and greets an alien on his own swing. when we get: “Hi!”, “H!”, “High Five!”, “Bye!”, “Bye!”
What toddler has not cried out for the pusher to push him/her higher? Thus the little girl in this book, with a good dollop of imagination, swings higher than: the rooftops, giraffes, mountains, up past the monkey in the rocket ship in outer space until she encounters, briefly, our friendly alien, then she descends with care to the ground and daddy’s safe arms. The illustrations in acrylic are bold, vivid, light and fun!
Why I like this book? With so few words, after just a couple of repetitions a toddler can join in and have a sense that she is reading along with you! They love this and every child knows the desire to be pushed higher on a swing, so it has universal appeal. Young children will all recognize the simple airplane rocket, and even alien, and love the greeting the alien on his swing. 4 and 5 year olds will be able to grasp more of an idea of perspective. I think this book goes down in my simple yet strong category. As a writer, I suspect only illustrator/authors usually come up with such limited text and I am a little envious!
Activities: Go to the park and see what you can imagine together with your child as she/he swings!
Leslie Patricelli has some great games on her website.
NB. I just have to say, that week after week, as I review books for Perfect Picture Book Friday, I am discovering many of my favorites are published by Candlewick Press!
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