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published: Sep 2004
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
imprint: Maple Tree

Over in the Meadow

by Jan Thornhill

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counting & numbers
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list price: $19.95
also available: Paperback
published: Sep 2004
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
imprint: Maple Tree

Jan Thornhill’s trademark ingenuity brings this well-loved 19th century rhyme to a new audience in a captivating and original way. Thornhill has created an magical, imaginary world made up of everyday objects: a forest of broccoli, a beaver dam of pretzels, a dragonfly with paperclip wings. Who could have thought berries, twist-ties, light bulbs, garden gloves, and rubber bands could be transformed into such unimagined delights? As always with Thornhill’s books, young readers can pore for hours over the intricacies of a seemingly simple story. Not only will they learn about counting, rhyming, animals, and nature, but they will also delight in picking out recognizable everyday objects used in new ways in the illustrations on these pages. Pages at the back of the book show the original elements used in the creation of the illustrations — readers can then go back and play I Spy. With a lyrical, sing-song cadence perfect for reading aloud, this delightful story, paired with Thornhill’s stunning artwork, will win over a new 21st century audience.

About the Author

Jan Thornhill

JAN THORNHILL’s science, nature, and animal-based books have received multiple honors, most recently the Vicky Metcalf award for her body of work. Jan lives in Peterborough County, Ontario, where she spends her spare time looking for weird fungi in the woods with her dog, Ruby.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 6
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  • Winner, Vicky Metcalf Award for author Jan Thornhill's body of work
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year
Editorial Reviews

Over the years, there have been dozens of variations of this traditional southern Appalachian counting rhyme. So is there a need for a new version? With Jan Thornhill designing this picture book, the answer is an unqualified YES! She brings her considerable talents to adapting this famous 19th century rhyme in a most brilliant and original way. Thornhill’s technique produces some amazing results. There is so much to look at, but, instead of being overly busy, the result is a visual treat.

— CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Clever illustrations… set this version of Olive A. Wadsworth’s rhyme apart from previous versions.

— The Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore

Thornhill has introduced a new dimension to the traditional rhyme. Ingenious and fun.

— New Brunswick Telegraph Journal

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

Real objects combined in ingenious ways; in fact, their vibrant color almost makes them seem hyper-real. Over in the Meadow…displays the artist’s love of detail and borders.

— Canadian Children’s Book News

What a wonderful visual experience!

— Resource Links

…fantastically detailed…

— Calgary Herald

…the perfect read-aloud for spring and summer.

— Our Choice

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

— Quill & Quire

The illustrations are fabulous!

— Kaboose Network

…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

This is a wonderful counting book that not only helps us learn our numbers but also tells us about the different animals that live in the forest.

— Booktalks

A visual feast of information through vibrant, realistic art work. These illustrations are magnificent.

— Appraisal

Jan Thornhill uses this familiar rhyme to draw children in, mesmerizing them with color, texture and shape.

— Today’s Parent

Over in the Meadow takes a well-loved nursery counting song and transforms it into a riotous series of collages.

— Capital Parent

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