Over the River and Through the Wood

The New England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day

By Lydia Maria Child; Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763627904, 28pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

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Matt Tavares's lavish illustrations illuminate this definitive edition of a beloved seasonal classic.

The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall! This family is off to Grandfather's house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child's verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children.

About the Author
Born in 1802 in Massachusetts, Lydia Maria Child was an American writer and journalist, and she was widely known as a social reformer. In 1833 she authored "An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans", which was the first anti-slavery work published in the United States. Besides her abolitionist reform, Child was also an activist for women's rights and Indian rights. She wrote the Thanksgiving poem "Over the River and Through the Wood," which is still recited today, as well as the works "Hobomok: A Tale of Early Times", "The Mother's Book", and "An Appeal for the Indians". Child died in 1880 at the age of 78.

Praise For Over the River and Through the Wood

An old-timey New England landscape of wintry merrymaking. A lovely way to start the season.
—The New York Times

Tavares brings life to this countryside jaunt with light doses of humor and action.
—Publishers Weekly

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