Friday, March 8, 2013

Over in the...

I think some of our book obsessiveness will likely come out in this post.  We're keeping math in mind for March (say that ten times fast).  So, we decided to see how many "Over in the..." type books we could round up (they are basic counting books, after all).  Take a scroll down the page and you'll see, we found quite a few!

Tradtional versions....
I would like to note here that Olive A. Wadsworth is given credit for the original version of this Nursery Rhyme.  Some of the traditional versions give her credit.  Some are adapted by other authors who get the credit.  Not two featured today are exactly alike in text.


Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff illustrations by Feodor Rojankovsky (1957).  This book is beautiful.  Traditional classic illustrations.  I would like a copy of this for myself.


Over in the Meadow (Classic Books with Holes) Child's Play and by Michael Evans (2007).  It's bright , simple and has the fun holes for gimmicks. 

Over in the Meadow by Jill McDonald (2011).  Cute, contemporary illustrations.  Looks sewn in places.  Very sweet.  Oh, and it comes with a CD of the song.

Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth, illustrations from Anan Vojtech (2003). The watercolors  are lovely as are the endearing little animal personalities you see.


Over in the Meadow text attributed to Olive A. Wadsworth, illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats (1971).  I love the simplicity of Keats illustrations.  It's just gorgeous.


Animal Counting Book (A Little Golden Book) Adapted from "Over in The Meadow" An Old Nursery Poem, Pictures by Moritz Kennel (1969).  This book is way cute.  It has all the LGB charm.



Over in the Meadow: An Old Counting Rhyme Based on the original by Olive A. Wadsworth, illustrated by David A. Carter  (1992).  Check out those buggin eyes!  They are on all the creatures.  :)


Non Tradtional versions...
These versions follow the same pattern and rhythm but as you can see they've taken great liberty with Wadsworth's original.  I wonder what he would think if he could see them all now?


Over in the Hollow by Rebecca Dickinson, illustrated by S. britt (2009).  My kids favorite version with all the friendly spooks.  Fun word bubbles help tell the poem.



Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes illustrated by Jeanette Canyon (2004).  This artwork will BLOW YOUR MIND.  All of the pictures are shaped entirely out of polymer clay.  It's crazy incredible. These two also worked together on a jungle version (2007).

For Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under Berkes worked with illustrator Jill Dubin. This book features cut paper illustrations which are very cool as well.  They've also created an arctic version (2008) and a forest version (2012).  

Over in the Meadow at the Big Ballet by Lisa Shulman, illustrated by Sarah Massani (2007).  I am very excited to get my hands on this one, its somewhere in library hold land. A ballet version! Magnifique!


Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward and TJ Marsh with illustrations from Kenneth Spengler (2000). There are hidden numbers inside the illustrations and animal facts in the back. These three have also done a desert version (1998).


In Over in the Garden (2002) Ward and Spengler have created an insect version.  They've also worked on an arctic version together (2007).

Those are the ones we were able to round up.  What do you think?  Do you have or know of a version we failed to feature?  We'd love to hear!  Surely there must be an African version somewhere (out on the savannah?  Anyone?).
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