Over at the Castle

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In this clever reworking of the classic folk song “Over in the Meadow,” readers meet villagers who spent their day spinning, cleaning, cooking, dancing, and more. The text counts up from one baby dragon to ten court jesters, and kids will enjoy counting along with each of the characters as they go about their daily work. At the end of the day, all the villagers look out their windows for a special surprise from their dragon neighbors. Readers will pore over illustrations filled with the same unexpected, warm ...
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Overview


In this clever reworking of the classic folk song “Over in the Meadow,” readers meet villagers who spent their day spinning, cleaning, cooking, dancing, and more. The text counts up from one baby dragon to ten court jesters, and kids will enjoy counting along with each of the characters as they go about their daily work. At the end of the day, all the villagers look out their windows for a special surprise from their dragon neighbors. Readers will pore over illustrations filled with the same unexpected, warm humor of Boni Ashburn and Kelly Murphy’s first book, Hush, Little Dragon.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The dragons from Hush, Little Dragon are back with a new twist on a familiar rhyme. Instead of “Over in the Meadow,” the scene is set in a castle, and readers are encouraged to count servants, guards, weavers, and even a prisoner in the dungeon. Ashburn twice interrupts the counting with a couplet about a waiting baby dragon (“ 'Now?' begs little dragon. 'Not yet!' says his mother”). At the end of the day, the dragons present a surprise display of flames and fireworks. Murphy's sun-drenched illustrations, featuring gentle humor and child-oriented characters, beget a fanciful medieval world. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The loving Mom and baby from Ashburn and Murphy's Hush, Little Dragon (Abrams, 2008) reenact a variation of another familiar folk song. Well-rhymed quatrains guide readers through a medieval landscape populated with ever-increasing numbers of inhabitants (from one little dragon and two gruff guards all the way up to ten frisky jesters). Suspense builds on each earth-toned page, as mother dragon advises "patience" while child eagerly anticipates the book's culminating surprise: fireworks ignited by the "whoosh" of the dragons' breath. Simple but richly textured oil and acrylic illustrations contain amusing details for observant eyes (the little dragon can be caught peeking inside the castle walls, and an "old wily prisoner" and his "pet rats five" can be spied planning and executing escape from the dungeon). A playful and comforting addition to storytimes.—Amy Rowland, Shelter Rock Elementary School, Manhasset, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810984141
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,450,489
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Boni Ashburn is the author of Hush, Little Dragon. She lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband and four children. Visit her online at www.boniashburn.com. Kelly Murphy is the illustrator of Hush, Little Dragon and several other picture books. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.kelmurphy.com.

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