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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.

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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
From the Publisher
"Manson’s vibrant, textured illustrations capture the verve and enthusiasm of Child’s well-known holiday poem, feeling as old-fashioned as the original 1844 verse and yet timelessly festive..."-Horn Book Magazine, Cynthia K. Ritter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688118396
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
Reading Rainbow Bks.
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 10.85(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Christopher Manson is a well-known author/illustrator who undertakes extensive research for his books. For Over the River and Through the Wood he reviewed Currier and Ives prints and Victorian patterns. He currently resides in Rockville, Maryland.

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grs61 More than 1 year ago
I ordered book it came with cover on wrong so that when you opened the book the print was upside down. I returned it to a local B&N store they ordered a 2nd book and it was the same way. I was told the same thing would probably happen if ordered another one. I was ordering the book for my grandchild and was disappointed.