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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McDonald's buoyant mixed-media artwork creates a cheerful meadow of colors, textures, and animals in this version of the traditional nursery rhyme. Patchwork sheep "bah!" with their mother, music notes swirl out of the beaks of young robins, and a family of nine lizards basks "by the old mossy gate." Bright colors, swooping shapes, and smiling animals make this an especially friendly vision of the great outdoors. Musical notation is included, as are light details about each animal (and meadows in general) and a CD with music performed by Susan Reed. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Kathy Leggett
A watch and sing along book for all ages. The topic: a simple, classic counting story song that has long been a part of childhood literature. This version of the meadow story is updated and brought to life in an enhanced CD format, designed with delightful illustrations and accompanied by a unique soundtrack, making this a book that begs to be shared at least three times. A book to be read, listened to, and then watched. The meadow is brimming with life as the mothers and babies are all hard at work doing what they do. Be it squeaking or spinning or digging each has a way of life in the meadow different from all the others. The vibrancy of the quilt like landscape emphasizes one character at a time in a double page spread. The pages are packed with enough personality to nourish a child's imagination and allow even the youngest reader to get lost in the beautifully painted paper collages. The rhythm and rhyme of the accompanying CD capitalizes on the twang of the fiddle giving the song a blue-grassy, homey feel. This unique accompaniment shapes the book into a vision of playfulness that invites the listener to sing and tap along to the beat. This is a beautiful book to share with children of all ages. Diversity in the meadow goes hand in hand with the diversity seen in the world. Each of us has our own special job to do. A simple counting book that packs a big punch! A book children will certainly ask for over and over again. Reviewer: Kathy Leggett
Kirkus Reviews

The animals, counting theme and catchy tune make this song a perennial favorite with readers and creators alike, but the illustrations are what make any version stand out from the crowd—and this one does. By changing a few animals and key words, McDonald encourages readers not just to count her menagerie but to experience their textures, as well, both in the words she uses and in her paper collages. "Over in the meadow in the reeds on the shore, / Lived a spiky mother muskrat / And her little muskrats four." The mother muskrat is pictured leaping into the water, her individual paper spikes poking out from her body. Similarly treated are her bumpy toad, wooly sheep, smooth robin, fuzzy bee, furry mouse and hairy spider. Using painted papers in digital collage, the illustrator creates a quiltlike textured world for her animals, and many pages come complete with "stitches." Unfortunately, however, a few of her textures fail to make the leap from the page—the crow is not really shiny, the lizard's scales are painted on and "slippery" is a very difficult adjective to portray with paper. Backmatter includes a CD of the song (not heard), the sheet music for one verse, some facts about meadows and a short paragraph about each featured animal. Visually stunning if not always totally successful. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846865435
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I use this story with the music in my Speech Therapy sessions with children with special needs but it's also great for children who do not have special needs. This book highlights Mommy animals and baby animals such as, toads, robins, sheep, lizards, muskrats, fish, bees, crows and spiders. With this book I am able to ask questions about: counting, animal names and sounds, and where the animals live. The music that goes with this story is beautiful because of the violins in the song.

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