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Over in the Meadow

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For more than 100 years, Over in the Meadow — a traditional southern Appalachian counting rhyme — has been a joyous introduction for young children to counting, rhyming, and nature. In this lyrical book, readers will meet ten different meadow-dwelling mother animals and their babies, brought to life by Jan Thornhill in an ingenious way. Thornhill uses everyday objects to construct this imaginary meadow: a beaver's dam is built of pretzels, a dragonfly flits with paperclip wings, and fish shimmer with coins for ...

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Overview

For more than 100 years, Over in the Meadow — a traditional southern Appalachian counting rhyme — has been a joyous introduction for young children to counting, rhyming, and nature. In this lyrical book, readers will meet ten different meadow-dwelling mother animals and their babies, brought to life by Jan Thornhill in an ingenious way. Thornhill uses everyday objects to construct this imaginary meadow: a beaver's dam is built of pretzels, a dragonfly flits with paperclip wings, and fish shimmer with coins for scales. Children will enjoy identifying these familiar objects — a "Where is It?" guide is included at the back of the book — as much as they will enjoy the sing-song cadence of this rhyme. Plus, hand-drawn text incorporates rebus elements to help even the youngest readers follow along.

A variety of meadow animals pursuing their daily activities introduce the numbers one through ten.

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Kirkus Reviews
The traditional song gets an unsuccessful seek-and-find makeover. As in the original, children count from one to 10, following the animals in a streamside meadow habitat as they teach their babies a few needed skills. With only one glaring exception, the rhythms and rhymes fit the original tune, but readers won't sing it through, anyway. They will be too busy scanning the spreads for the familiar objects that make up both the animals and their surroundings--green plastic combs stand in for grass, pretzels form the beaver lodge's sticks and leaves become the owls' feathers. Unlike other books that use this method, however, the objects are digitally resized, taking away their size context and making them difficult to recognize, especially in comparison to one another. Further complicating matters is the fact that some of the objects have had parts cut off or their color changed. Overall, the artwork comes off as being overly digitized, a jarring contrast to the nature theme of the song. For pre-readers, a few rebus elements are included in each verse, but as they focus mainly on the featured animal, they seem extraneous. A visual listing of many of the everyday objects used in the scenes offer readers the chance to go back through the illustrations and find them. Leave the song to Marianne Berkes, the seek-and-find to Joan Steiner and the team of Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo. (Picture book. 3-6)
Ingrid Masak Mida

“Over in the meadow in the sand in the sun,/Lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one.” So begins this traditional 19th-century counting rhyme, which introduces young children to 10 animal babies and their mothers over the course of a day. Jan Thornhill, who has won several international book awards for her richly illustrated picture books, has revived the rhyme in her latest book, adding an innovative visual twist.

            In Thornhill’s version, common household items, such as rubber bands, cotton balls, socks, pretzels, leaves, and broccoli, were photographed and layered into highly textured computer-generated images. In one spread, baby owls – created from fuzzy slippers, toy wheels, carrots, and photos of eyes cut from magazines – next in a tree made of pecans and rubber bands. The mother owl – made of yellow and brown leaves, carrots, toy wheels, garlic cloves, and magazine eyes – hovers nearby in a forest made of green leaves and grasses. Each spread is packed full of brightly coloured detail and wrapped with a vibrant border. The hand-drawn multi-coloured text is set off in a colourful bubble.

            Thornhill’s whimsical collages are bold and contemporary in style, unlike the elegant illustrations of her previous books such as The Rumor. Adults and children alike will be fascinated by the challenge of figuring out what the images are made of. A handy index at the back of the book lists the elements used in their creation. Thornhill’s highly original method of illustration has transformed this old rhyme into a fresh visual feast.


QUILL & QUIRE, a Toronto writer and artist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926973067
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 772,936
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Thornhill is an award-winning writer and illustrator who has always had a strong interest in nature and the environment. Several of her books have been translated into different languages and published in countries around the world. Her books include the Governor General's Award-nominated The Wildlife ABC and The Wildlife 123 and the NAPPA Gold Award-winning I Found a Dead Bird. She lives in Havelock, ON.

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