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Around the Neighborhood: A Counting Lullaby [Kindle Edition]

Sarah L. Thomson , Jana Christy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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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.


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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: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,159 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute counting book! December 30, 2012
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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. One thing was confusing for him though -- he would count all the animals on the page including the mother which would not match the number in the story (the story only counts the baby animals.) So as I read each page, I would emphasize the number of baby animals and then say that mommy makes 8 (or 9 or whatever.) Other than that though, this is a neat book. My son and I enjoyed reading it.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute December 5, 2012
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This is a cute book written with very sweet verse that lends itself easily to song. The illustrations are lovely and artistic, taking a very stylized approach. The book is what you would expect from any counting book as you start with one and work your way up to 10, counting baby animals living in your neighborhood. An interesting touch is that not all of the baby animals are out playing with their Mothers. Several are out with their Fathers.

This book makes for a nice, short read, but it also works well as a counting tool. The baby animals are distinct and easy to see, thus easy to count.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant colors and fun words December 3, 2012
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Our 2-year-old daughter loves this book. The words can be sung to a melody (and the suggested melody is included in the back of the book, if you know how to read music), but we usually just read the words. The rhymes and cadences make for a book that is easy and entertaining to read out loud. The drawings are full of vibrant colors and lots of interesting details that our daughter loves to look at. The counting is an extra educational bonus, though I don't think our daughter focuses much on the numbers at this age. All in all, this book is a winner for the 2-4 year old set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute book, but not a favorite. December 3, 2012
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My 2 yr. old liked the whole sing songy aspect of the book, but didn't sit long enough for me to finish reading it to her. It's a cute book, but as my toddler pointed out, baby's don't talk. They can't say one. The illustrations were nice and I will definitely be reading it to her again, but she doesn't favor the book too much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 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 12 months ago 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 12 months ago 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 13 months ago 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 14 months ago 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 15 months ago 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 15 months ago by Cuckoo Pine Nut
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 15 months ago by Richard Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars okay book
I honestly found this book to be just okay. Not much rhyming in it and the story aspect is not attractive either. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lostplanet
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