"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.
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Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
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