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Over the River and Through the Wood

by Lydia Maria Child

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Timeless classic for the best family-get-together holiday there is!
  dayspring777 | Feb 22, 2016 |
Gorgeous colored woodcuts set on winter landscapes illustrate this poem/song about a family’s trip to Grandparent’s house to celebrate Thanksgivings. This a celebratory poem of the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving, where American families gather for dinner to give thanks. It is also a celebration of winter, and illustrator made an emphasis on outdoors, landscapes covered in snow and winter activities. Only last illustration is indoor, when family arrives to grandparent's house to have the Thanksgiving dinner.
  Jlporrata75 | Jan 16, 2016 |
A classic holiday song, in a form of a picture book. The pictures show the grandparent 's joy in preparation for their family's arrival on Thanksgiving day. ( )
  ronicadibartolo | Nov 16, 2013 |
David Catrow, the illustrator of my edition, starts the trip to Grandmother's house in modern-day New York where the family gets caught up in a big parade. There the adventure begins, especially for Baby. It is the riotous illustrations that grab me about the presentation of this traditional Thanksgiving song. I would read/sing this with Pre-K through Grade 3 children during the Thanksgiving or winter holiday season, spending lots of time discussing the funny things happening in the illustrations, then invite them to draw or paint what they would wish to happen on the way to their relatives' houses. ( )
  MargaretYatsevitch | Sep 8, 2013 |
Over the River and Through the Wood, illustrated by Matt Tavares.

"Over the river, and through the wood, / To Grandfather's house we go; / The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh / through the white and drifted snow." And so begins this classic Thanksgiving poem, which first saw print in 1844, in Lydia Maria Child's three-volume anthology for young readers, Flowers for Children. It's a well-known and well-loved poem and song, although I've recently discovered (to my surprise) that some people think it is a Christmas poem. Apparently, it is not so uncommon to substitute "Christmas Day" for "Thanksgiving Day," in the reciting/singing! In any case, as well known as Child's poem may be, what is less well known is that there are two versions of it: the original twelve-verse version, published in 1844, and the abridged six-verse version, included in John Greenleaf Whittier's 1871 Child Life: A Collection of Poems. It is this latter version which seems to be the better known, making the publication of this lovely picture-book presentation of the full twelve-verse original, earlier this year, very welcome indeed!

With one verse per two-page spread, and gorgeous watercolor, gouache and pencil illustrations, this edition from Candlewick Press has immense textual and artistic appeal. I'd never actually read the complete poem before, and was thrilled to see "new" verses, like: "Over the river, and through the wood- / Old Jowler hears our bells; / He shakes his paw with a loud bow-wow, / and thus the news he tells." The artwork by Matt Tavares is lovely, with a painterly quality that is very different from the woodcut illustrations done by Christopher Manson for Over the River and Through the Wood: A Thanksgiving Poem (which I have also read and enjoyed). I loved the sense of light in these pictures, and the warmth of the indoor scenes, after the long cold sleigh ride! This is just a wonderful presentation of this classic holiday poem - available in its entirety for young readers! - and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good picture-book version, or for the original text.

Note: The edition illustrated by Brinton Turkle, Over the River and Through the Wood, also contains the full text. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 25, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lydia Maria Childprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chartier, NormandIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Derosa, RichardComposersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gurney, John StevenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manson, ChristopherIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Turkle, BrintonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 059041190X, Paperback)

A new illustrated version of this classic song, complete with full lyrics and musical notation. A family glides over the snow and through the countryside in a horse drawn sleigh, to visit their grandparents' house for Christmas.

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Scenes from rural New England illustrate this familiar poem, that became a well-known song, about a Thanksgiving Day visit to Grandmother's house.

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