Over on the farm A counting picture book rhyme

Christopher Gunson

Book - 1997

Mother animals instruct their little ones to stretch, scratch, or snuggle as the reader counts the babies while wandering through farm, forest, and fields.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
New York : Scholastic Press 1997.
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
0590134450
Main Author
Christopher Gunson (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Ages 2^-4. The popular "Over in the Meadow" folk rhyme gets a farm setting in this lively picture book that will draw very young children into counting the animals and joining in their actions. From the clever mother cat who stretches with her little cat one, to the kind mother pig who snuggles with her little piggies ten, the double-page, brightly colored paintings show the blissful animal families leaping, hopping, rustling, blinking, scratching, and flapping in the sun. Alone and in groups, preschoolers will enjoy counting the busy animals, chanting the repetitive rhyme, and acting out the loving game. ((Reviewed February 1, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Old MacDonald is surely envious of the cuddly creatures gracing the pages of Gunson's fresh-as-a-daisy debut. In the barnyard and beyond, animal mothers teach their babies to do what comes naturally young foxes practice rustling and rolling in the leaves; birds hone their flapping and cheeping. And amidst all this countryside activity, young readers learn a thing or two about counting from one to 10. British artist Guston's spare and lilting rhyme offers a series of simple directives and responses (" `Flap,' said the mother./ `We flap,' said the nine") for each of 10 increasingly large animal families. A sunny palette and textured brush work give Gunson's depiction of fleecy, furry and feathered friends a springtime breeziness. The animals' playful and a recurring ladybug that children will have fun locating on various spreads make this a captivating concept book. Ages 2-4. (Apr.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

This charming rendition of the traditional nursery song "Over in the Meadow" will be a favorite for lapsit, toddler, and preschool story times. The singsong rhythm counts various baby animals up through 10: "Over on the farm in the early morning sun lived a clever mother cat and her little cat one. `Stretch,' said the mother. `I stretch,' said the one. So he stretched and felt warm in the early morning sun." The bright, richly textured, impressionistic paintings are endearingly happy and sunny. Small details (insects, flowers) will enchant children enjoying one-on-one reading, while the outdoor settings and animal portraits will carry well for group sharing. A double-page spread at the end allows children to recount the baby animals. A companion to John Langstaff and Feodor Rojankovsky's classic Over in the Meadow (Harcourt, 1957), this is an all-around winner. Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Mother animals instruct their little ones to stretch, scratch, or snuggle as the reader counts the babies while wandering through farm, forest, and fields

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Very small children are invited to stretch, splash, leap, and snuggle their way with the numbers from one to ten, along with familiar animals in a farmland version of the gentle children's song, "Over in the Meadow."