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  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 18, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156705001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156705004
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1997
Format: Paperback
You know how you can quote every page of "Spot's First Walk" ... three years later. This ones like that. The difference is that its such a nice book you don't start to dread bed times. I can quote this one now (I should be working, never mind) "Over in the meadow in the sand and the sun, lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle, one. Dig said the Mother, I dig said the one. So he dug all day in .." Oh all right, I'll stop. If you think you really know it, whats different about the Owl's page ? Buy it, I love it
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
From the writer and illustrator of the absolutely fantastic "Frog Went A Courtin'" (read that book for a great rollicking time!) comes the somewhat less impressive, "Over In the Meadow". Like "Frog", this is a picture book based on a classic folk song. It is simultaneously a counting tale as a well as one of the first cutsie baby animal books published in the United States (origianally published in 1957). A lovely look at the creatures in the fields, though not particularly memorable.
In this tale we get an opening shot of a myriad of creatures sitting, standing, or perching in the light of the meadow. As the song progresses a turtle asks her single offspring to dig, and he does so. Then a fox tells her two cubs to run, and they follow her suggestion. This continues, with each animal accruing more and more offspring, instructing them in different ways. The robins sing, the chipmunks play, the bees hum, etc. Finally, after the ten rabbits hop, we get this double page spread that is downright out of place. Suddenly it is night and an owl and a fox are out looking for prey as bunnies and gophers run for their lives. It is a beautiful and deeply evocative scene that has virtually nothing to do with the rest of the book. Then the book is over, with the exception of some helpful music sheets and chords for playing the song's tune.
John Langstaff hasn't done much to put his name on the tale, aside from breaking up the verses. It is really Feodor Rojankovsky's impressive illustrations that place this book apart from others. Alternating between the colorful and the subtly shaded, Rojankovsky adeptly portrays every animal from bird to bee. It's a nice effort and a nice book. Just the same, if you'd really like to see Langstaff and Rojankovsky at their best, I highly recommend the Caldecott winning, "Frog Went A Courtin'" for all your picture book needs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Rhyming text that repeats and is predictable introduces families of animals. It starts with one animal and builds to a family of 10 animals. Animals that live in a meadow are presented which includes: turtle, red fox, robin, chipmunk, honeybee, beaver, frog/pollywogs, owl, spiders and rabbits.
At the end the musical score for singing this as a song and all the lyrics are printed.
The illustrations are lovely and unique. Some are full colored and others are pencil-gray with a yellowish color.
My children loved the singsong rhyming with the obvious cadence. The last illustration is of a scary predator-owl swooping down upon many of the animals, which are trying to run away! But that is all part of the life of the animals in the meadow!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Schaffer on January 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
We LOVE this book!! I actually sing the book to the them, instead of read it (the sheet music is at the end of the book). The pictures are beautifully illustrated and the theme of the book is so warm and uplifting. My 3 year old is actually starting to sing along with me, too... and usually wanting to sing it by herself! This is must-have for any child's book collection!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book proved to be the most cherised by my 3 children. It's easy for even the littlest ones to recognize after just a few readings. You'll find yourself imitating the characters and scenes, as did my children and I. Today, as adults, they remember every rhyme and the fun we had with our silly renditions. It'll definitely be the one they fondly share with their children and grandchildren.
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My grandson is five months old and this is THE book for him. He stares at the details of each of Rojankovsky's pictures as though he is comprehending something deeply meaningful. The song calms and engages him. My own children had loved "Over in the Meadow" and had sung the counting song with delight when they were older. The words and the drawings are charming and gentle. Despite the anthropomorphism of mother animals directing their babies to do things, the overall feeling is one of animals being in their environment doing what they really do. John Langstaff, who was the innovator of the Christmas Revels in Cambridge, Massachusetts, put this charming traditional song into book form as a way of preserving music that could easily be lost when not sung. The music is written on the last page of the book and Langstaff sings the song on a YouTube video. You don't have to be a concert tenor to do the song justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle in MI on April 29, 2010
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I have two versions of this story, have seen many others, and the one by John Langstaff is the best!
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By LA on August 11, 2013
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
What a delightful way to teach numbers to small children. I read this book to primary children when teaching and, now that I have it memorized, sing it to the little ones in my family. Bought a hard covered edition because the pictures in Over in the Meadow are an important element in this heartwarming experience. Indeed, I say enchanting for the children, but also for the adults that share the song/poem with the little ones.
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