Book Review: Over in the Meadow

Ages 3 and up.

Ashley VanEysinga contacted me, asking if I might be interested in reviewing Owlkids Books. I wasn't familiar with them so I was very curious to go online and browse a catalog. I requested a few books and promptly received a a kind, courteous follow up email from Kendal Gerard. In no time at all, I received two beautiful books from the company. I thought Barefoot Books and Candlewick Press offered quality children's books. Now I am pleased to add Owlkids Books with a top recommendation!

First Sentence:
Over in the meadow the sun came up.


My Review:

Not only is the book educational in teaching little ones about rhyming and counting but children will delight in "seeking and finding" baby animals, plus discovering many familiar items incorporated in beautiful, illustrated photographs. I liked Jan Thornhill's unique and imaginative approach to a familiar, favorite story. A vibrant, delightful 'feast to the eyes' (from slippers to brown sugar) and fun time for every preschooler. 

***** stars! 

Book Description

Everyday objects become a magical world when Jan Thornhill brings her trademark ingenuity and stunning artwork to a well-loved 19th-century rhyme. A forest of broccoli, a beaver dam of pretzels, a dragonfly with paper-clip wings — who would have thought twist-ties and garden gloves could be so delightful? Young readers learn about counting, rhyming, and nature as they pick out everyday objects from ingenious, digitally enhanced illustrations. Pages at the end of the book show the original elements used in the creation of the images, encouraging readers to go back and play "I spy." The lyrical, singsong cadence of Olive Wadsworth's classic rhyme makes this a perfect story for reading aloud.

Product Details

What Others Say About The Book:

"…a counting book full of surprises. Fans of the Eye Spy series will have a feast identifying the materials used to make this counting rhyme come alive."
Canadian Bookseller

"Thornhill’s highly original method of illustration has transformed this old rhyme into a fresh visual feast."
Quill & Quire

"What a wonderful visual experience!"
Resource Links

"A surprisingly fresh and original take on an old favorite...Youngsters will find it impossible to peel their eyes off the pages of this imaginative book."
School Library Journal

"Jan Thornhill uses this familiar rhyme to draw children in, mesmerizing them with color, texture and shape."
Today’s Parent

Thanks Owlkids Books. I look forward to reading more!

Over in the Meadow

Happy Reading!


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