Over in the Meadow: A Counting-out Rhythm

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Overview

"Over in the meadow, in the sand, in the sun,/Lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one./"Dig!" said the mother./"I dig," said the one./So he dug all day,/In the sand, in the sun." With Keats's vibrant collage art, the animals in this classic counting rhyme are given a brand new life.

"Each double-page evokes a perfect mood."-New York Times Book Review

An old nursery poem introduces animals and their young and the ...

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Overview

"Over in the meadow, in the sand, in the sun,/Lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one./"Dig!" said the mother./"I dig," said the one./So he dug all day,/In the sand, in the sun." With Keats's vibrant collage art, the animals in this classic counting rhyme are given a brand new life.

"Each double-page evokes a perfect mood."-New York Times Book Review

An old nursery poem introduces animals and their young and the numbers one through ten.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Andrea Sears Andrews
Young readers will delight in this old favorite poem about nature and numbers. Keats does a terrific job bringing to life the relationship between mothers and their young in his vivid illustrations. The reader cannot resist the temptation to sing its verses out loud and shout out the many animal sounds identified. It is unfortunate that the musical transcript is not included for those who have not heard this poem sung before. Readers will not only learn about nature and its relationships and sounds, but will also have the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the numbers one through ten. This is the perfect book to be used in the classroom when rhyming, counting, and natural science are all part of the curriculum. Part of the "Picture Books" series.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- This serviceable interpretation of the traditional verse may not be needed in collections that already own Rojankovsky HBJ, 1973 or Keats's versions Four Winds, 1972; o.p.. Carter's collage illustrations are closer in style to the latter, but his animals seem stilted and stylized compared to Keats's work. Vibrant color is one of this book's strengths, as is the clever use of stamping texture on the collage figures. The entire rhyme is is printed at the back of the book; unfortunately, the musical score is not included. Many primary classrooms use this repetitive rhyme for introducing math and reading skills. Another look at an old favorite, but nothing new. --Mollie Bynum, Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590448482
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Blue Ribbon Book Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 278,071
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ezra Jack Keats
Ezra Jack Keats
Admired as much for his inventive, colorful illustrations as his simple, earnest stories, Ezra Jack Keats literally changed the face of children’s literature by introducing African-American characters into a mostly white genre. His gentle, big-hearted books have been loved by generations of children of all races.

Biography

When Ezra Jack Keats began creating children's books in the 1960s, he noticed something missing from the genre and chose to correct it.

Keats had already illustrated several kids' books and was starting his second when he made a simple but important decision: The main character would be black. "None of the manuscripts I'd been illustrating featured any black kids-except for token blacks in the background," Keats later wrote. "My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along."

The character, Peter, debuted in The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal. Perhaps the strongest statement Keats made about race at the time was making ethnicity (his first book's protagonist was a Puerto Rican boy) completely incidental to the story. The books' themes are universal: In the case of Snowy Day, a boy discovers the joy of angel-making, sledding, and all the other things kids do on a free winter day.

The child of immigrants, Keats grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, in relative poverty. Although his gifts with pencil and paint were obvious from a young age, his father, a waiter, discouraged his artistic ambitions, fearing it would be too hard for his son to make a living. When he brought home tubes of paint for Ezra, he would tell the boy that hard-up artist customers had swapped their paint for soup. When his father died, however, Keats discovered a stash of newspaper clippings: his father had carefully saved the notices of all of Ezra's artistic prizes and achievements.

Once established as a creator of children's books, Keats developed a stable of characters -- including the adventurous Peter, a shy boy named Louie, and a sympathetic girl named Amy -- who often resurfaced over the author's twenty-odd years of storymaking. Often taking place in urban settings and illustrated in Keats's hallmark gouache and collage style, the stories chronicle the discoveries, pleasures, and fears of being a kid: coping with a new sibling, befriending a previously scary blind neighbor, entering a pet show, or finding a pair of goggles.

Keats tackled the topic of single parenthood in Louie's Search, where Louie accidentally discovers a husband for his mom. Even when characters behave oddly or badly (as in the case of Louie's new dad, who initially accuses the boy of stealing from his junk truck), their innate goodness is always revealed. Each title exemplifies Keats's faith in people.

With his muted, evocative images and his commitment towards diversity, Keats made children's literature vivid and human in a way it had never been before.

Good To Know

In the late 1930s, Keats worked as a mural painter on WPA projects. He entered the Army in 1943, where he designed camouflage patterns.

Later, Keats created five greeting cards about peace for UNICEF's first greeting card season ... A million cards were sold that year.

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi is the sole repository for Ezra Jack Keats's archives.

A life-size bronze statue of Peter, Willie, and Peter's chair sits in Imagination Playground in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jacob Ezra Katz (birth name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 11, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      May 6, 1983
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    15 years old and still loves it.

    My kids loved this book from the first time I read it to them, and when they wanted story time, it was the one laid in my hands to read. Now my daughter is 15 years old and she is still loving this book, even though she has it memorized now, she plans to read it to her babies as I did with all 5 of my children. Story time is most precious between a mother and a child, but you know it even more when they come to you with a book at 15 and still wants to hear you read it to them. I suggest all mothers to read to their young, it is a BOND for life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Wonderful

    A lovely book of rhymes for little ones. There are other editions of the rhymes but the Ezra Jack Keats is my favorite. Great for teaching numbers. I give this to every new mother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    When my son was young, we loved this book. It has a lovely rythym and if you read it just right, it is very soothing. We read this book so much that I knew it by heart. I have since given this book as a gift at several baby showers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Delightful book for Preschoolers!

    The rhythm of the verses is just right for 3-4 year olds. The illustrations are beautiful and appropriate for demonstrating to one or more children at a time. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents whose children love baby animals and are ready to start counting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Highly recommend this version

    Love the illustrations and the counting rhyme goes all the way to 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    a family favorite for four generations

    beautiful, yet simple illustrations and a text that children learn by heart.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    I love reading it over and over again.

    This is a book about a mother and their children. It incorporates counting and a mother's love for their offspring. I look forward to reading it at night time and have already read it dozens of times already. I would recommend the hard cover if it's available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

    A melodic read

    This is a lovely book to read aloud to toddlers/preschoolers to teach counting, animal recognition, and tenderness between mothers and children. Great gift idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    Great book! a real hit

    My kids loved this book! They would respond with the babies numbers. I'm now buying it for the second generation - my grandkids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2001

    Excellent!

    My son loves this book! We have been reading it since he was 6 mos old and he always comes back to this one. We love the rhymes, the counting and the animals. In fact, I know this book by heart and told it to him when we went on vacation. Perfect book for bedtime!

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    Posted May 21, 2010

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