Up! – Owlkids

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Up!

By Susan Hughes and Ashley Barron

From 2 to 5 | 24 pages

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.Susan Hughes, Ashley Barron
"Inclusivity is a hallmark of this book... A celebration of baby love as it's carried out all over the world." - Kirkus Reviews
"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." - Booklist
"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

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