Robert Munsch

Up, Up, Down

By Robert Munsch
Illustrations by Michael Martchenko

Ages 3 - 7
32 Pages
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
ISBN 9780439988155 Paperback
ISBN 9781443113465 Board book
ISBN 9780439952576 Book and CD package
Also available in French: Marilou casse-cou

Anna loves to climb.
Up, up, up she goes, to the very top of the tree.
"Be careful!" says her mother. "Come down!" says her father.
But getting Anna down is not as easy as it looks...

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About the story

Up, Up, Down started in 1975 as a finger play that Robert Munsch used with children in daycare. He said: "UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-FALL DOWN," while he raised his hands and then fell down. The kids imitated him and loved the game.

He kept telling it and changing it, and slowly it turned into a story that also worked with older kids. The last change was adding "I'm the King of the Castle."

Anna lived nearby and was a climbing sort of kid. By the time the story finally became a book, Anna was on her college basketball team and really was going up and down a lot!

Image credits

Image credits:

From Swamp Water. Text copyright © 2013 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations © 2013 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.

From Too Much Stuff! Text copyright © 2010 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.