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Over the River and Through the Wood Hardcover – September 15, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805038256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805038255
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,914 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.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 6?Catrow brings new meaning to the classic words and pastoral images usually connected with Child's poem, written in 1844. In this modern adaptation, two parents, three children, and a cat travel in a minivan through a snowstorm, traffic jam, and a Thanksgiving Day parade to grandfather's house. After leaning out of the car window to get a closer look at a horse, the baby joins the parade by flying?through the air, in and out of a tuba, onto a giant balloon that collides with an airplane?and then parachuting with his baby blanket. Catrow gives these zany adventures life and humor with his caricatures featuring exaggerated expressions and different perspectives. The large format will attract young readers, but older children who know a more traditional rendition of this poem will enjoy the contrast with this version even more. The visual appeal of this book just might make it transcend the pumpkin-pie season. Consider shelving this rollicking romp with your picture books to give it more exposure.?Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

After having my own children I read this to them every Thanksgiving.
Libby Jensen
She was singing it to us ever night and even read it out loud to her whole class despite being normally shy.
Ela
Some of these illustrations are in black and white (which is very effective) and others in color.
D. Blankenship

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
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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
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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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