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Around the Neighborhood: A Counting Lullaby [Kindle Edition]

Sarah L. Thomson , Jana Christy
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Book Description

Around the neighborhood, inside a room full of sun, lived a happy, laughing mother and her little baby one. “Play,” said the mother. “I play,” said the one. So they played and were glad in the room full of sun.

The popular lullaby “Over in the Meadow” is reimagined in this fun counting book that visits the families in a neighborhood, including a mother and her child, a dog and his puppies, a spider and his spiderlings, and a mallard and her ducklings. Sarah L. Thomson’s lyrical text is paired with Jana Christy’s adorable digital artwork for a perfect bedtime treat.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

This bright, joyful adaptation of “Over in the Meadow” is set in a neighborhood that many children will find familiar. A laughing mother cuddles her baby in a room full of sun. A dog and his pups, a calico cat and her kittens, and a spider and his spiderlings are in the yard. The neighborhood expands to the school playground, where a ladybug and her little beetles crawl, two children watch a rabbit and his hopping bunnies through their classroom window, and so on. As the sun sets, a father swallow and his little birds soar over the whole neighborhood. Back in the house where the story began, the baby sleeps. A final spread shows 10 cameos of the various youngsters sleeping. The digitally rendered artwork has a bright jewel-tone palette as the day moves from morning to night and features both mothers and fathers tending their young. An author’s note traces the history of this familiar counting rhyme and provides music. Whether read aloud or sung, this is a lovely addition to most collections.–School Library Journal

From Booklist

This adaptation of the classic counting rhyme Over in the Meadow is set in a bucolic neighborhood environment. Opening with Around the neighborhood, / inside a room full of sun, / lived a happy, laughing mother / and her little baby one, the stanzas proceed through various outdoor settings and feature different parent-baby animals, which increase in number by spread. For instance, there’s an old father hound dog with his little puppies two and an old mother ladybug and her little beetles five. The counting doesn’t end with 10, but returns to the now-tired mother and little baby one, who is sound asleep. Christy’s digitally rendered, brightly colored illustrations are evocative and soothing. While the rhymes and rhythms are occasionally awkward, the human element is a nice, cozy touch and emphasizes the universality of parent-child relationships. On the final spread, there are 10 small vignettes featuring the animals, thereby reinforcing the numbers lesson. An appended author’s note gives background on the original song and musical notation. Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Product Details

  • File Size: 1346 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0761461647
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX67VM
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read over and over again October 28, 2012
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I read this story to my grandchildren their first night sleeping over. They loved it. The colorful illustrations were a delight but the story in verse made it almost sing as I read it... sure enough I read it a second night and the third night upon their request. My grandchildren read along with me on that third night enjoying the rhythm without even realizing they were learning to count. Learning is always easier when it is fun. Fantastic book, Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this colorful counting book! February 5, 2013
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I love this colorful counting book! It works in counting nicely into the story, and ends the story with the number of animals in the books. For instance: one baby, two puppies, three kittens, four spiders, five ladybugs... The last page of the book is for grown-ups, it's an Author's Note about the folk song "Over in the Meadow," which came from the Appalachia Mountains, as well as other versions of the song. It even includes the music notes as if you were to sing the first three pages of the book. How cool is that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book for young children is both well written and beautifully illustrated. I read it to the little boy of some neighbors of mine; he loved it so much he wanted me to read it twice more to him and I did! Author Sarah L. Thomson uses rhyme and all the right words to make this book appealing to children just learning to count up to ten and read. Similarly, the vibrant, pretty colors used by illustrator Jana Christy are just splendid. In addition, the book teaches children the names of some animals; some are basic like "dog" and "cat" while others are a bit more advanced like "crow."

The author's own words tell a good deal about how the story in this book evolved. Sarah L. Thomson writes that "'Around the Neighborhood' is based on an old folk song from the southern Appalachians. The song is often known as `Over in the Meadow,' but sometimes has other titles. Cecil Sharp, a folk-song collector, included it in a 1917 collection of tunes under the name `Sing,' Said the Mother.' Sometimes the song is attributed to Olive A. Wadsworth, the pen name of author Katherine Floyd Dana. She did include a version (hers added up to twelve) in her novel `Kit, Fan, Tot and the Rest of Them,' published in 1870. It's a `funny little song' that Tot's mother uses to teach her how to count. The wording suggests that Dana did not invent the song but simply included a folk song she knew, imagining it was the kind of thing a mother might sing to a young child."

Regardless of the exact origin of this story, the loving relationship between mother and child charms me as the mother in the story teaches her child about counting--and even the names of some animals--as a soothing, affectionate way to bond with her child as she sings her child to sleep. I highly recommend this for young children learning to count as they also discover names of some of the beautiful animals in this world; this is a beautiful lullaby book to be cherished!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Story with Beautiful Illustrations December 28, 2012
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I love the book Over in the Meadow but for whatever reason my four year old does not. When I saw this new take on the counting story I decided to get it for the baby for Christmas. Although it is much too advanced for her now my hope is that if I start reading it now she will still let me when she is older. At this point, she loves the brightly colored illustrations and the rhythm of the words.

Even my four year old came over to check out this story. I heard her asking Grandma to read it to her later in the day and she has already started to memorize the rhyme. Perhaps moving the animals to a more familiar setting helped her feel more connected to the story than she was to the original version.

Even if you are unfamiliar with Over in the Meadow, Around the Neighborhood is a wonderful story in verse that teaches counting and vocabulary along with wonderful bright pictures. I am hoping this will become one of our regular bedtime stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Rhyme, Lovely Illustrations October 29, 2012
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This is a very lovely book--perfect for bedtime. My toddler and five year old both enjoyed it. The illustrations are beautiful--and there's lots to talk about in them. (Do you see the kitty? Do you see the Mommy? Do you see the blue dog house? etc.) The story/rhyme is engaging and soothing--one that your kids will likely request again.

My only complaint is that it's a "normal" book rather than a board book. For the target audience, I really believe that board books are best. My toddler wants to hold the book and "read it" himself--and it would be easier to just let him have fun with it if it weren't a normal hardback book. The book's size is larger than I expected--so perhaps it might be cost-effective to make a smaller board book should this prove a success.

All in all, a wonderful bedtime book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming illustrations, sweet rhyme December 17, 2012
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I have to get my nitpick out of the way - as somebody who learned the folk version of the rhyme ("Over in the meadow") at her mother's knee, I'm troubled by the way "Around the neighborhood" scans...or doesn't. That one extra syllable trips me every time.

That out of the way, this is really a charming little book with sweet illustrations of people and animals. The digital illustrations are gauzy and restful. The rhyme takes us through the rhythm of the day from start to finish.

It would be more interactive, of course, if the book pages were hard rather than paper. In counting books, children like to touch the items, and this is good counting practice, aiding tactile learning. Paper pages don't hold up to that kind of manhandling for long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by Maria Alexandra Faria
4.0 out of 5 stars Around the Neighborhood
Fun! Enjoyed reading to my granddaughter, she loved pointing at the pictures and finding things that were familiar. Thank you!
Published 20 months ago by Jon/Susan Burdett
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute!
This is a well done book, works well in the digital format. Most 'imitative' books are not very good. This one is an exception. It is a famaliar pattern, but well done.
Published on April 14, 2013 by Irene M. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice illustrations !
I read this for my 4 year old daughter at bed time and she loves it. I have went through this more than 20 times and she still loves it. Read more
Published on March 28, 2013 by XNOR
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a very lovely book.
It is a rhyming, counting book. Good for little ones. The illustrations are soft and soothing. I would recommend for ages 2 - 6.
Published on March 18, 2013 by Kathy Deininger
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple rhyming lullaby with lovey visuals.
This is a very sweet and visually appealing book. The rhyming lullaby is not too long for each page so it is easy to keep a young child (ours is 21 months) entertained with this... Read more
Published on February 17, 2013 by Work of Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Really impressed!
I am a bit surprised that such a basic book has become a favorite with my one- AND three-year old, but it has. The illustrations are unique and beautiful. Read more
Published on January 20, 2013 by Ladybug
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
My 3-year old really enjoyed this book. She loves animals and had fun talking about all the different animals and had me read this to her several times in a row! Read more
Published on January 8, 2013 by J B
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good "Read" for a Tot
My grandson's father reviews as follows:

At first our 19-month-old boy didn't have the patience to sit through a reading of this, but after trying it out a few times he... Read more
Published on January 4, 2013 by Richard Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute counting book!
This is a colorful counting book with cute illustrations of animals. When I read it with my son, he loved counting the animals on each page. Read more
Published on December 30, 2012 by Squeal
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