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The latest addition to Berkes and Dubin’s Over In . . . series of nature books features 10 animals found in and around North American rivers. Using the rhyme scheme and cadence of the counting rhyme “Over in the Meadow,” the verses introduce families of manatees, blue herons, salmon, mallard ducks, water snakes, beavers, dragonflies, muskrats, tree frogs, and otters. The text reads aloud fairly well, apart from the occasional rough spot. Illustrating each verse is a pleasing collage created with painted, textured papers. The extensive back matter offers supplementary facts as well as musical accompaniment and suggestions for teachers and parents. A colorful, informative picture book. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Children will have so much fun with the rhymes, the song, counting animal babies and finding hidden critters that they may not even realize they are learning fascinating facts about rivers and the animals that call them home. Educational information about rivers and river animals plus a host of discussion questions and extension activities makes this book a great tool for educators and a fun read for parents and children. --Leah Miller, Clean Water Program Director, Izaak Walton League of America
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660 (What's this?)
  • Series: Over (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Pubns (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584693290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584693291
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every teacher needs this book. It's not just for young grades who are learning to count, but for older grades who are learning about organisms, habitats, and the animal kingdom!! It is so chalk full of information! The opportunities to use it in the classroom abound! The illustrations are amazing! The song is wonderful, and easy for children to learn, not to mention that it is a melody that many children already know. The best buy!
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As a teacher, Over in the River is a "must-have" for your units on habitats or landforms. Kids will enjoy not only learning about the different animals that live in this ecosystem through the rhyming text, but they will have fun learning about important rivers in the United States. This beautifully written and illustrated is sure to be a favorite among your animal lovers!
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...and so does reading. Marianne Berkes mission is to provide entertaining yet educational reading material that draws in young readers and hooks them forever. Her latest, Over in a River is a splashing success. Young preschoolers are immediately repeating the song and are learning about many river animals, their homes and how they move; what a great way to learn about verbs. On another level, fascinating facts about river animals and their habitat will satisfy elementaty students. Teachers will be pleased with the abundant extension activities. Jill Dubin's cut paper illustations further enhance this book, with soft subtle colors that are accurate and pleasing. Her attention to detail is amazing and art teachers will enjoy displaying her work and building lessons upon this book.
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Marianne Berkes has topped herself with her best book yet! Over in a River is a beautiful and brilliant book about the major rivers of the United States and the animals that make these rivers their habitat. As with the other books in her "Over" series, young readers will absorb the information without even realizing they are learning. Jill Dubin (Over in Australia, Over in the Arctic, Over in the Forest,) has created stunning paper collage illustrations. Each illustration includes a map that identifies the location of the river mentioned in the verse, the animals in their river habitat and a hidden animal that children will delight in spotting. Berkes concludes the book with extensive research about the rivers and animals, along with additional resources and tips from both the author and the illustrator. I was provided a paperback copy from the publisher to review, but once I saw how wonderful the book is, I bought a copy in hardback for my school library. Recommended for ages 3- 8. Judy Houser, Librarian, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, FL.
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Have you ever seen a real, live manatee? Do you even know what it is? Over in the St. John River of Florida "Where the warm waters run Lived a mother manatee And her little calf one." Manatees are marine mammals which live in the ocean but paddle into warmer rivers when the ocean temperature drops below 65 degrees. Other kinds of animals live in, on, above, or around the great rivers of North America, like blue herons in the Hudson, salmon in the Columbia, dragonflies in the Rio Grande, and mallards in the St. Lawrence. Author Marianne Berkes discusses ten different types of such animals following the same pattern of the children's folk song "Over in a Meadow" that she used in her five previous books in this series, Over in Australia, Over in the Forest, Over in the Jungle, Over in the Ocean, and Over in the Arctic, the first four of which have been previously reviewed here. Do you know where otters live, what their babies are called, and what they like to do?

Not only is the book educational but it also holds children's attention well with its interactive features. In addition to illustrator Jill Dubin's colorful cut-paper pictures enhanced with colored pencils and pastels which show the animals in their natural habitats near or on the river, each page names the animal with a map of where it lives, identifies the name of the animal's babies, and tells what the animals do. There is the added benefit of reinforcing counting from one to ten. And each picture contains a hidden animal for the child to find. Furthermore, the back pages contain more information about the rivers and the animals, along with tips from both the author and the illustrator. Under "Fact or Fiction?
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This is a great watery version of Over in the Meadow. The kids love the rhymes and pictures and I love the scientifically accurate information in a fun kids' book. There is also info about different watershed across the country that is a sneaky way to educate adults--I love it! Over in a river in a nest on the shore, lived a mother mallard duck and her little ducklings four . . .
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Over in a River by Marianne Berkes is a pleasure to read to my students - I have taught 2nd through 5th grades and this book is FABULOUS for all levels! The concepts are "right on" and appeal to the old Park Ranger in me as they are accurate, and inspire kids to want to protect the natural environment! Thank you Ms. Berkes!
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