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Over in the Meadow Hardcover – February 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: A Cheshire studio book
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735815968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735815964
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

"Over in the meadow / in the sand in the sun / Lived an old mother turtle / and her little turtle one. / Dig said the mother. / We dig said the one. / So they dug all day / in the sand in the sun." Oliver A. Wadsworth's well-loved, late-19th-century counting rhyme transforms itself again in this gently endearing picture book Over in the Meadow, illustrated by Anna Vojtech. Preschoolers will be captivated by the soft, steady rhythms of the poem and its serene expression of the mother-baby bond. Each spread, counting from 1 to 10, shows a mother animal and her young (two babies, three babies, four babies, etc.), but toddlers can also locate twosomes, threesomes, and foursomes of other living creatures in the meadow scenes to count as well. In the "old mother owl" spread, there are three owl babies, three beetles, three ants, three acorns, and three caterpillars! What makes this book stand out from a sea of counting books are the spectacular, luminous illustrations--set off masterfully by an elegant but playful design with generously sized type and clever illustrative accents (four little ratties, little bees five, etc.) This new take on an old favorite belongs on every preschooler's shelf! (Baby to preschool) --Karin Snelson

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PreSchool-Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The rhythmic cadence of the poem make this an easy read,and the illustrations are beautiful and helpful in learning to count!
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My mother read this book to me as a child.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those sweet, gentle books that a child will remember for years to come. The pictures are beautiful, the rhymes almost lyrical and on top of it all, it teaches counting. It's especially fun when the child realizes that other animals in the picture also add up to the same number as the main animal (5 ladybugs, 5 leaves, 5 stones, etc.). My little boy has requested this book consistently for the past year and he's almost 4. Something we'll save for his children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is my 3 year old daughter's favorite book. I read er, sing it to her several times a day. Each page is like a new treat, this book is beautifully illustrated. Each page has a certain number of animals, and the same number of other things for your child to find. On the four little rattie's page, there are 4 baby rats(which are adorable), there are also 4 ears of corn, 4 chickens, etc. It has been extrememly helpful for counting practice. Before my daughter knew the name of the book she called it the cute little animal book. After a month, this book still has top honor on my kids' bookshelf, with the fickleness of my children, that is saying a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on May 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My mother read this book to me as a child. While I don't personally remember it, my mother certainly does. Once I had my own children, my mother would often quote the first verse of this book to them, in sing-song fashion, even though it had been years since she'd read the book. So, last year, I finally got this book for my children (four under 7).

As you can see from the excerpt of the first verse in the editorial review above, this book is very rhythmic and sing-song in fashion, which children, of course love. But, it's an enjoyable read for me as well, unlike some children's books that I dread to get out. Each page spread has a different mother animal with her babies (1 more each time). The pictures of the animals are also quite attractive. My only peeve is that in the final verse the mother and little beavers ten "beave," whatever that means. Would have been nice if some other word, and if necessary, another animal had been used.

This may be a small thing to some, but if you remove the dust jacket, the hardcover book has the same attractive cover. I love this! I hate dustjackets because of tearing, but I love hardcover books for durability. I love it when hardcover books (especially children's books) also have the "real cover" on the book itself.

I highly recommend this book as a read-aloud to anyone with young children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becca G. on February 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We first discovered this book at our local library and quickly realized that we had to add it to our permanent collection.

Why we love it so much...

1. We can sing the words. My daughter loves to sing and any book than can be sung rather than simply spoken is a winner.

2. The illustations are beautiful and restful with soft colors. It's a nice book to wind down the day with.

3. For every page/verse there are multiple groupings of objects that represent the number that you are reading about. First there is the obvious animal that is mentioned in the text (i.e. owls). But then, as you look over the page, you'll find other groupings of plants, animals, bugs, etc. of that same number.

In summary, it's a great book for learning to count and pattern recognition. The illustrations are beautiful and the words can be sung for added interest.
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By Debbie on June 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Prompt service. Very sweet book with beautiful illustrations. I read this to my grandchildren at bedtime! Well pleased with product and service!
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By balihai on May 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My father used to read this to me when I was a little girl, and his mother read it to him. So I bought this book out of nostalgia for my little ones - they are not even born yet! (Twins, due in July!)
Reading this book brings back wonderful childhood memories and I hope my kids will feel the same one day.
The rhythmic cadence of the poem make this an easy read,and the illustrations are beautiful and helpful in learning to count!
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Format: Hardcover
Every page is full of beautiful illustrations with cleverly placed items that match the numbers highlighted on the page. This makes it really fun for little ones to start counting and looking for patterns within the page. As one of my favorite children's poems/songs I found this to be true to the version my grandmother taught me when I was a child and my 4 year old still loves this book after 3 years of heavy reading.
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