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Over in the Meadow: A Counting Rhyme
     

Over in the Meadow: A Counting Rhyme

by Olive A Wadsworth, Katharine Floyd Dana, A. Vojtech
 

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""Over in the Meadow
in the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother turtle
and her little turtle one.""
So begins this classic nursery poem, written by Olive A Wadsworth in the late 19th century, a favorite counting rhyme for generations of children. Anna Vojtech's sweet illustrations depict a sun-drenched meadow filled with loving animal families-from

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""Over in the Meadow
in the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother turtle
and her little turtle one.""
So begins this classic nursery poem, written by Olive A Wadsworth in the late 19th century, a favorite counting rhyme for generations of children. Anna Vojtech's sweet illustrations depict a sun-drenched meadow filled with loving animal families-from mother turtle with her one baby to ten little beavers embraced by their doting mother. There are lots to count in the cleverly designed pictures, and sharp-eyed youngsters will delight in finding a corresponding number of background details on each spread.

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Children's Literature
Children will never tire of this age-old counting rhyme that brings nature and number together. Different animals, one by one, are introduced as the reader travels through a meadow full of wonder. Turtles, owls, mice, frogs, and lizards are just half of the animals discovered. The watercolor illustrations depict the pastoral setting of the rhyme and inspire the reader to sing the book's words in a hushed and almost dreamy manner. It is a bit disappointing that the book does not include the music for those who do not know the tune. Readers are able to count the animals in their natural setting as well as see them in a simple line independent of any other illustrations (for easy one-to-one correspondence). Further more, there are many other groups within the page that have the same set number to encourage the reader to seek and find matches. This increases the enjoyment level of an already pleasurable book. 2002, North-South Books,
— Andrea Sears Andrews
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A slightly oversized, attractive edition of the classic rhyme. Numbers from 1 to 10, as well as the expected inhabitants of this meadow, are pictured on the opening spread. On each subsequent spread, an illustration of the animal appears on the left and the verse on the right. Sharp eyes will notice, especially as the numbers get higher, that each picture also contains other animals, insects, objects, or plants in the same numbers. For example, there are not only four baby ratties in the barn; there are four hens, four eggs, four trees seen through the barn door, and four prongs in the pitchfork. Although many versions of the verse, both traditional and nontraditional, are available, this is an accessible rendition that children will enjoy in storytime and on their own.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The animal cast of this 19th-century counting rhyme has been subject to many variations; here, Vojtech (Tough Beginnings: How Baby Animals Survive, 2001, etc.) chooses a set and arranges them on oversized pages in intimate gatherings of smiling, smoothly painted single-parent families. She places them into an idyllic meadow scattered with appropriate numbers of bugs, flowers, and other items for enthusiastic young counters to enumerate. There's no musical arrangement for the odd parent who doesn't already know the tune, and despite mother beaver's order to "beave," her ten offspring are shown asleep-but children will find this rendition easier on the eye than the frantic Langstaff/Rojankovsky edition (1957, 1985), or Ezra Jack Keats's self-consciously arty version (1971). (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735815964
Publisher:
NorthSouth Books
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Series:
Cheshire Studio Book Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
603,392
Product dimensions:
11.02(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Vojtech has illustrated numerous books for children, mostly folktales and stories about nature. Nature has always been a strong source of inspiration for Anna. Her pictures are full of flowers and animals, of giraffes and elephants, of little birds and chipmunks. Folktales are also about people, their nature and their spirit. Her illustrations have brought readers closer to the stories and traditions of their countries.
Anna grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia, what is now the Czech Republic. "Prague was a magical place to grow up. We were surrounded by beauty, mystery, history and by nature." She studied art and toy design at the School of Applied Arts and animation film and graphics at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Later she attended the Royal Academy in Antwerp, Belgium and the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany where she met her German-American husband.
Since 1982 she has lived on Cape Ann, Massachusetts with her husband and their two sons.

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