Look Up High! Things That Fly

Pajama Pr. Oct. 2023. 24p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781772782905.
PreS-Gr 1–A new entry in the “Big, Little Concept Books” series that is suited for preschoolers and very early readers. Each thing that flies—a plane, a helicopter, an airship, and more—is presented with a bright photograph showing it in action. The simple text is repetitive and rhyming while posing the questions “How?” and “Where?” so that the name of the flying machine and its location helps promote the use of prepositions. By placing the prepositions in bold and matching it with a photograph that takes up most of the page spread, the book highlights the new terms in a developmentally appropriate way. An inclusive range of people are included in the bright and simple photographs, while the use of bold and colored text emphasizes important words. The additions of the instructional material aimed at parents and readers at the end extend the experience of the book while adding other common prepositions that could be acted out. A handy parental guide on the back cover also shows the important skills implemented by using the book.
VERDICT A strong addition to any library serving toddlers, but could also be used to support early readers in learning basic grammatical ideas.

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