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Up Above and Down Below

Up Above and Down Below

Here is one of my favorite picture books for Fall from Canadian publisher Owlkids. Up Above and Down Below, written and illustrated by Paloma Valdivia, gives us a new perspective of people who live in different parts of the world. Valdivia’s quirky illustrations and simple text show the same people living up above that live down below; be sure to keep a careful eye on the differences that show up in the two places because they are often subtle. Though I often find myself drawn to books illustrated in vibrant colors, the mostly muted palette is wonderful here making the splashes of blues and greens extra special. It’s nice to find a story that shows a big idea with a simple yet powerful execution. A great new book for teaching children that people are the same except for slight differences around the world.

Check out the starred review this charming title got in Publishers Weekly!

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