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

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From Publishers Weekly

"Like a Mad magazine satire in both its illustration style and intent," said PW, "this urban take on Child's pastoral ditty pokes fun at tradition." Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreSchool-Grade 4-Recalling a simpler time, this book captures the poem's sense of excitement and celebration. Readers who join the family en route to Grandfather's house will observe many details about life in the 19th century. As the sleigh traverses river and woods, parents and son greet fellow New England villagers who, bundled against the cold, are at work and at play. The toe-stinging, nose-biting chill of the trip is finally broken when they arrive at the grandparents' warm house and seat themselves at the overflowing table. For those who tend to hum the words after the first two lines, all six verses, as well as the score, are printed on the endpapers. A brief note describes the poem's origin. Manson's woodcuts, painted in the colors of a snowy evening, lovingly depict the wintry countryside. In contrast, the indoor scenes are diffused with the warm shades of the season. The mood of this edition far outshines recent efforts (Normand Chartier's version [S&S, 1990] features a greeting-card family of anthropomorphized bunnies). Like the poem itself, this title promises to have wide and ageless appeal.
Lisa S. Murphy, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Even though this has outdated words and pictures, as earlier stated, it also has a bunch of verses, which is the thing my toddler likes the most. If you're just in it to sing the song and enjoy that, this is a great book. And I bought it because it includes the sheet music so we'll be able to play along on the piano.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nonfiction on March 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I LOVE the song and really wanted to love this book but the illustrations really don't work for me. When I think Thanksgiving I don't think of sledding, ice fishing, and ice yachting all of which are depicted here.
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