Up Above and Down Below
By Paloma Valdivia
(Owlkids Books, Hardcover, 9781926973395, 32pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
Categories: Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
"In the world, there are different kinds of people," opens Up Above and Down Below. On the top, they think the ones on the bottom are different. Down below they think the ones up above are different. But what if they turned themselves upside down? Would they find that they're all the same, except in a few small ways?
Through award-winning translator Susan Ouriou, author-illustrator Paloma Valdivia explores this complex philosophical question and encourages young readers to appreciate the differences among people as well as their similarities. The short sentences and stylized, surreal illustrations will draw readers into the whimsical worlds of up above and down below, delighting and enlightening them as they complete their tour.
Paloma Valdivia studied graphic design in Santiago de Chile and illustration in Barcelona. She has illustrated more then twenty children's books. Up Above and Down Below is her authorial debut; it has been translated from its original Spanish into nine other languages. She lives in Santiago de Chile.
"A gentle and well-designed introduction to recognizing different points of view - and a reminder that people are the same wherever they live."
~ Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW, May 28, 2012
"A visually stunning, gently restrained picture book that should be high up on readers' lists."
~ Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW, July 15, 2012
"A great story-starter for many disciplines. It can be used to introduce little ones to the concept of social studies, geography, and even the curious law of gravity."
~ Picture Book Depot, September 6, 2012
"Broader lessons are left to be intuited, something to ponder over juice box and Goldfish. Valdivia's deceptively simple illustrations also merit further exploration."
~ Bruce Handy , The New York Times, August 27, 2012
"In the world, there are different kinds of people. Some live up above and some live down below." — from the book