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Over the River and Through the Wood Paperback – August 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558589597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558589599
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Like a Mad magazine satire in both illustration style and intent, this urban take on Child's pastoral ditty pokes fun at tradition. Catrow's (She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!) trip to Grandfather's house involves a van with uptight parents, crying kids and a baby who escapes into the lavish Macy's parade. The baby's mishaps are amusing, but, like all satire, the joke depends on the audience's familiarity with the original work. Young children will fare better with Nadine Bernard Westcott's softer interpretation or Christopher Manson's reverent version (both 1993); this one is for grade-school sophisticates. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreS - Grade 2-- This attractive new presentation of Child's 1844 poem,"A Boy's Thanksgiving Day," offers 13 full-page watercolors done in a detailed and delicately primitive style. As befits this style, the figures are somewhat stiff, and the overall effect is static. The colors are pleasingly light and clear. The childlike illustrations are in keeping with the unsophisticated nature of the rhyming text. Unlike the version illustrated with lively energy by Brinton Turkle (Coward, 1974), only 6 of the 12 verses are included, a streamlining that modern preschool and primary-grade teachers may well appreciate. The text is placed unobtrusively in the sky or on the snow-covered ground, and probably sings better than it reads. A piano arrangement of the familiar melody, a traditional French folk tune, is placed after the text. Child's time-honored poem successfully evokes the happy mood of a traditional and idealized family holiday gathering. --Cynthia Bishop, Onondaga County Public Library, Syracuse, NY
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

The illustrations in this book are really beautiful.
Pink Lemonade
She was singing it to us ever night and even read it out loud to her whole class despite being normally shy.
Ela
After having my own children I read this to them every Thanksgiving.
Libby Jensen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
First, let me address an issue; a problem if you will, as to this book and the reviews here. Somehow, between Amazon and Publishers Weekly there has been a grave error made. If you read the product description from PW you will find that they have reviewed the wrong book. Their review is of a book with a similar title,Over The River and Through the Woods [..] which was written by Lydia Marie Child and illustrated by David Catrow. You will note that some of the customer's reviews, in particular the three star reviews, have all been directed toward the Child book. This is not the fault of the reviewers because the various links Amazon has provided bounce the customer back and forth between the two books; the Catrow book and the one being reviewed here written by Lydia Maria Child and illustrated by Brinton Turkle. Amazon has mixed these two books up...I do not know how they did it as the ISBN numbers are different, but did it they did. While I have not read it, the Catrow book, (1999) is an urban spoof, as I understand it, on the original song and quite a different animal that what we are dealing with in the Child book. Whether or not it is a good book or not...I haven't a clue as I have never laid eyes on it.

Anyway, the work being reviewed here is by Maria Child and was published by Scholastic Inc. in 1974.
It consists of some wonderful illustrations by Brinton Turkle depicting an old fashion Thanksgiving dinner at what is probably just before the turn of the last century. There are no cars...it is all horse and buggy; wood stoves, horse drawn sleds, long skirts and home cooked food. Some of these illustrations are in black and white (which is very effective) and others in color. All are skillfully executed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
My three-year old lovrd this. Nice pictures of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving, but he particularly liked the idea of a ook you could sing along to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Constance Weinstock on January 26, 2014
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I ordered the woodcut illustrated version pictured here but I got the modern day, cartoonish version instead. Totally unacceptable swap! I could not read it to my class after teaching them the song because the "modern" version did not match the lyrics.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
David Catrow is one of my favorite illustrators, and he definately puts a new spin on a classic Thanksgiving Day rhyme in this book. . .I especially love the cat!
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I ordered the board book so got the traditional poem with woodcut illustrations. It was obviously set up north so I wasn't bothered by the ice fishing or skating or even the sailing, although it was a little weird for winter but people do have to eat and travel. The different illustrations show the different scenes the family is passing by on their way to their grandparents house. It would be boring to just show a sleigh in the woods. The board book was larger than a typical board book so I was pleasantly surprised by how well we could see the illustrations.
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Chris Manson adds so much to this traditional winter song. My daughter loves to read this at night, and I read it more slowly so she can take the time to see the wood cut drawings that go along with it. I highly recommend it if you have a child who loves to sing!
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By Libby Jensen on January 8, 2014
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As a kindergarten teacher many years ago, I ordered a copy of this book and read it to my class every year. After having my own children I read this to them every Thanksgiving. Unfortunately my copy was ruined. I'd been looking for a long time to replace it and was thrilled to find it on Amazon! I'm so happy to have this in my house again!
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By Ela on December 19, 2013
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My 5 year old fell in love with this when we checked it out from the library and we had to get it. She was singing it to us ever night and even read it out loud to her whole class despite being normally shy. Classic!
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