for Look Up! by Jung Jin-Ho
First published in Korea, this original picture book is drawn from the perspective of a little girl in a wheelchair who lives in a top floor apartment of a high-rise building. Looking out over her balcony at the people far below, she keeps shouting, “Look up!” All she—and readers—see are the tops of heads as people rush by on her busy street. Finally, a little boy hears her and stops to look up. He then lies on the ground so she can see all of him. This attracts attention and others begin to lie on the sidewalk, too. In the end the little girl goes downstairs to join her new friend. The sketchy black-and-white line drawings require readers to interpret the action that’s going on down on the street far below by seeing the world solely through the protagonist’s eyes. (Ages 4–8)
CCBC Choices 2017. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017. Used with permission.
A nearly wordless story about compassion, friendship, and perspective. High on a balcony, a girl watches the world - passerbys hurrying along, carrying umbrellas in the rain, riding bikes and walking dogs. She wishes that someone - anyone! - would look up and notice her. Finally, one day, a boy does. Realizing she can't anything but the tops of people's heads, he lays flat on the pavement..and then another person does...and another. The girl smiles, and color begins to brighten her gray world - as does her newfound friendship. With spare, simple text and striking black-and-white illustrations depicting the girl's bird's-eye-view of the world, Look Up! is a striking, emotional story about the incredible impact of simple kindnesses and the unexpected joy of looking at the world a new way. --
Publisher description retrieved from Google Books.