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Posted July 31, 2013
Just like every other Over In... book by the talented Marianne Berkes, this one is set to the tune of Over in the Meadow. That premise make this an easy book to read to toddlers. Not to give anything away, once again, I learned something from Marianne Berkes' text.
The illustrations are delightful. My favorite part, though, is the ascending number of animal tracks, because I learned something from the illustrations.
Any time a book entertains a child and educates an adult, it is a winner.
Posted December 1, 2012
Over in the Forest: Come Take a Peek, by Marianne Berkes is the enchanting storybook rendition of the children's song bearing the same name. Beautifully penned, the lyrical softness of this book creates a lovely sense of calm as readers count animal groupings from one to ten.
Illustrations, by Jill Dubin are perfectly paired with this book which would make a fabulous addition to any home or school library.
In the back of the book is an annex providing wildlife spotting tips from the author and interesting illustration facts from the illustrator.
This book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Posted July 11, 2012
Over in the Forest is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and familiesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2012
Do you know what baby opossums are called? Based on the rhythm of the folk song “Over in the Meadow,” author Marianne Berkes’s latest counting book in rhyme presents various forest animals and their offspring, from a mother beaver and her “little kit one” to a father red fox and his “little kits ten,” including a shy mother ‘possum and “her little joeys three,” all beautifully portrayed by Jull Dubin’s cut-paper illustrations. In addition to the reinforcement of learning how to count, children are introduced to the different creatures and their babies. Following the tracks of these ten woodland animals, young readers will become acquainted with how to leap like a squirrel and dunk like a raccoon. And, of course, you know what the nine little skunk kits do, don’t you?
To help make the book interactive, there is a hidden animal at each opening for youngsters to hunt and find. And to provide even more educational value, there are pages in the back with further information about the temperate forest ecosystem, the hidden animals, and the main animals pictured, along with tips from the author and the illustrator, and finally the complete song with both music and words. Over in the Forest will be a delight for young and not-so-young nature lovers. Other Dawn Publications books in the “Over” series by Berkes include Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under; Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme; Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef, all three of which I have previously reviewed; and Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Winds Blow.