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Around the Neighborhood: A Counting Lullaby Kindle Edition
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|Length: 34 pages||Age Level: 3 - 5||Grade Level: Pre-K - 1st|
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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!
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun! Enjoyed reading to my granddaughter, she loved pointing at the pictures and finding things that were familiar. Thank you!Published on September 20, 2013 by Jon/Susan Burdett
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
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 morePublished on March 28, 2013 by XNOR
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
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 morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Work of Life
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 morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Ladybug
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 morePublished on January 8, 2013 by J B
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