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|Author: Marianne Berkes
Illustrator: Jill Dubin
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95 | Hardback • $16.95
Follow the tracks of ten woodland animals but . . . uh-oh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of “Over in the Meadow” as they leap like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and pounce like a fox. They will also count the babies and search for ten hidden forest animals. Cut paper illustrations add to the fun in this delightful introduction to a woodland habitat.
Once again, Marianne Berkes makes learning fun. Kids will hide, graze, and pounce as they imitate and count the animals. Like Over in the Australia, the cut-paper illustrations will inspire many an art project. Plus Marianne provides tons of ideas for activities and curriculum extensions about forest animals, literature, and writing. Teachers and parents, as well as kids, are the winners here.
Educators: download free activities based on this book on our activities page.
- 2013 Bank Street College of Education – Best Children’s Books of the Year List
- 2012 Florida Publishers Association President’s Gold Award (Children’s Picture Book)
- 2012 Izaak Walton League of America Book of the Year Award (Elementary Level)
- 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award (Picture/Storybooks)
- 2012 Mom’s Choice Gold Award (Children’s Picture Book Category)
- 2012 Purple Dragon Book Award – 1st Place (Children’s Picture Book – Ages 5-)
- 2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Silver Award (Alphabet/Counting Book Category)
- 2012 IBPPG Next Generation Indie Book Award – Finalist (Children’s Picture Book Category)
- 2012 NAPPA Honors Award (Books Category)
— School Library Journal (July 2012)
“Having already explored the ocean and jungle, planets, the Arctic and Australia, Berkes this time focuses her “Over in the Meadow”–derived lyrics on a temperate deciduous forest.
Readers are treated to a look at a forest habitat and its more familiar denizens, including beaver, turkey, woodpecker and ’possum. As in her previous titles, there is a nice balance between math and the animal information. Berkes introduces children to the names given to baby forest animals, indicating them with italics—fawns, joeys, hatchlings, poults, chicks and kits. The number is set in a different color type, while the numeral is featured prominently at the bottom of the page. Dubin gives readers several opportunities to practice, illustrating both the baby animals and their tracks, both of which can be easily identified and counted. In addition, she hides another forest dweller on each page. Her paper-collage, colored-pencil and pastel artwork is filled with gorgeous textures that echo the natural world of the forest. Berkes rounds out the text with educational backmatter: a list of the hidden animals and a few facts, a section that reveals her artistic license, some forest facts, detailed paragraphs about each of the featured animals, the music and lyrics, notes from both the author and illustrator, activities to extend the book and resources for more information. . . . none can argue with the educational value, nor the fun—what will she tackle next?”
– Kirkus Reviews (January 4, 2012)
“As in Over in Australia (2011) and Over in the Arctic (2008), this picture book reworks the traditional rhyme “Over in the Meadow” to introduce the animals in a habitat, here a temperate forest. The verses flow smoothly, observing 10 animal parents as they instruct their little ones: squirrels learn to leap, skunks to spray, and so on. The attractive collage illustrations offer plenty of opportunities for counting as well as observing woodland animals. The extensive back matter includes tips for using the book, notes on the animals, and music for the song.”
– Booklist (American Library Assn.) (May 2012)