Over the River and Through the Wood

Over the River and Through the Wood

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by Lydia Maria Child, Iris Van Rynbach
     
 

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"Over the river and through the wood" begins the story of a happy ride to grandmother and grandfather's house on a snowy day in a horse-drawn sleigh. "Van Rynbach's watercolors celebrate the open country with expansive vistas of chilly fields, bussy skating ponds, and cozy-looking houses that beckon visitors."—Booklist. See more details below

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"Over the river and through the wood" begins the story of a happy ride to grandmother and grandfather's house on a snowy day in a horse-drawn sleigh. "Van Rynbach's watercolors celebrate the open country with expansive vistas of chilly fields, bussy skating ponds, and cozy-looking houses that beckon visitors."—Booklist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like a Mad magazine satire in both illustration style and intent, this urban take on Child's pastoral ditty pokes fun at tradition. Catrow's (She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!) trip to Grandfather's house involves a van with uptight parents, crying kids and a baby who escapes into the lavish Macy's parade. The baby's mishaps are amusing, but, like all satire, the joke depends on the audience's familiarity with the original work. Young children will fare better with Nadine Bernard Westcott's softer interpretation or Christopher Manson's reverent version (both 1993); this one is for grade-school sophisticates. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-Recalling a simpler time, this book captures the poem's sense of excitement and celebration. Readers who join the family en route to Grandfather's house will observe many details about life in the 19th century. As the sleigh traverses river and woods, parents and son greet fellow New England villagers who, bundled against the cold, are at work and at play. The toe-stinging, nose-biting chill of the trip is finally broken when they arrive at the grandparents' warm house and seat themselves at the overflowing table. For those who tend to hum the words after the first two lines, all six verses, as well as the score, are printed on the endpapers. A brief note describes the poem's origin. Manson's woodcuts, painted in the colors of a snowy evening, lovingly depict the wintry countryside. In contrast, the indoor scenes are diffused with the warm shades of the season. The mood of this edition far outshines recent efforts (Normand Chartier's version [S&S, 1990] features a greeting-card family of anthropomorphized bunnies). Like the poem itself, this title promises to have wide and ageless appeal.-Lisa S. Murphy, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Ilene Cooper
Westcott's artistic vision of Child's familiar song couldn't be more different from another recent version illustrated by Christopher Manson with color woodcuts of a nineteenth-century Thanksgiving. Westcott presents a thoroughly modern holiday, with readers following a family heading in its car out of New York City to Grandfather and Grandmother's home in the country. As the family makes its way through the snow, textless pages show the grandparents bustling about with the usual big-dinner preparations--basting the turkey, setting the table, making the pie. The bright watercolor drawings outlined in pen are energetic and enjoyable and culminate in a joyous reunion. A bouncy cup of holiday cheer. Music and three verses appended.
From the Publisher
"This reissue...is more than justified by Manson’s gorgeous colored woodcut illustrations, which conjure everything that was solid and charming about 19th-century New England life."-New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316138734
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Series:
Blue Ribbon Bks.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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