Monday, December 3, 2018

Over The River And Through The Wood illustrated by Emma Randall

Interpretation Of A Nostalgic Thanksgiving Song

I saw no indication that the words are from a traditional song that was once a poem written by Lydia Maria Child in 1844. If you are familiar with that original poem then you know the text in this book, though it has one change of wording. They are going to Grandmother's house, not Grandfather's house as in the original poem. 

The illustrations show two children in a sleigh and their parents preparing to follow them in another. As they travel through the snow to Grandmother's house for Thanksgiving they cross
"Over the river and through the wood, to Grandmother's house away!"
but the horse knows the way.
"We would not stop for doll or top, for 'tis Thanksgiving Day."
The heavy pages should easily withstand the little hands that might like to look at these colorful illustrations.

My Thoughts


What My Concerns Were: If you're interested in teaching this traditional song/poem, then this is a fun way to share that. Otherwise, I'm a little concerned about this story holding a child's interest.

What I Liked Most: The illustrations are bright and show several curious animals watching the sleigh as it travels through the woods.

Illustrator: Emma Randall
Publisher: Penguin Workshop (August 2018)

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