Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 2 to 5
- Grade: p to 2
Around the world, little ones are carried in many different ways: in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms. Up! depicts ten places around the world, from Afghanistan to northern Canada, Peru to West Africa. In each place, a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling lovingly carries a baby.
With various family configurations and settings ranging from a busy outdoor market to a high-rise apartment kitchen, the book wholeheartedly celebrates diversity. Gorgeous cut-paper collage art adds warmth and brightness, and brings the lyrical text to life. Repetition of the phrase “Upsy-daisy” on each spread lends familiarity, and reminds readers that love for a little one is a universal feeling.
About the authors
a étudié la littérature anglaise à l'Université de Toronto. Depuis, elle
écrit et publie des livres pour enfants, à la fois des fictions et des
documentaires. Elle habite avec sa famille à Toronto.
Susan Hughes studied English literature at the University of Toronto. She writes both fiction and non-fiction children's books. She lives with her family in Toronto.
ASHLEY BARRON’s vibrant cut-paper collage illustrations appear in more than twelve picture books, including Chaiwala! by Priti Maheshwari, My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf (winner of the Schneider Family Book Award), City Baby by Laurie Elmquist (a Bank Street Best Book of the Year) and Pretty Tricky by Etta Kaner (a Kirkus Best Picture Book and an Outstanding Science Trade Book). Ashley lives with her partner and three cats in Toronto, Ontario.
"The book makes a clear and pointed effort to promote all kinds of diversity and depict a variety of cultures in a beautiful and respectful light...the concept is very clever, and the three-dimensional cut-paper collage work is exquisitely textured and boldly colored. Barron's past awards are clearly warranted."
"Detailed illustrations of realistically diverse families elevate a simple concept. Ideal for sharing one-on-one with toddlers and preschoolers."
School Library Journal
"An utterly charming and beautifully illustrated book that celebrates diversity in all forms while simultaneously exploring cultures around the world."
Canadian Review of Materials
"A wonderful collection of vignettes from around the world...a global story of life and love."
CanLit for Little Canadians
"Inclusivity is a hallmark of this book... A celebration of baby love as it's carried out all over the world."
Other titles by Susan Hughes
Hooray for Trucks!
Off to Class (updated edition)
Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World
The Differences We Share
Lights Day and Night
The Science of How Light Works
Walking for Water
How One Boy Stood Up for Gender Equality
Sounds All Around
The Science of How Sound Works
Carmen and the House That Gaudí Built
Walking in the City with Jane
A Story of Jane Jacobs