Over in the Meadow

Over in the Meadow Cover

Over in the Meadow

By Jan Thornhill; Jan Thornhill (Illustrator)

Owlkids, Paperback, 9781926973067, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 14, 2012

For more than 100 years, "Over in the Meadow" a traditional southern Appalachian counting rhyme has been a joyous introduction for young children to counting, rhyming, and nature. In this lyrical book, readers will meet ten different meadow-dwelling mother animals and their babies, brought to life by Jan Thornhill in an ingenious way. Thornhill uses everyday objects to construct this imaginary meadow: a beaver's dam is built of pretzels, a dragonfly flits with paperclip wings, and fish shimmer with coins for scales. Children will enjoy identifying these familiar objects a "Where is It?" guide is included at the back of the book as much as they will enjoy the sing-song cadence of this rhyme. Plus, hand-drawn text incorporates rebus elements to help even the youngest readers follow along.

About the Author
Jan Thornhill is an award-winning writer and illustrator who has always had a strong interest in nature and the environment. Several of her books have been translated into different languages and published in countries around the world. Her books include the Governor General's Award-nominated "The Wildlife ABC" and "The Wildlife 123" and the NAPPA Gold Award-winning "I Found a Dead Bird." She lives in Havelock, ON.

Praise For Over in the Meadow

"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

Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection, 2005, Canada Commended
Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2004, Canada Commended