Title: Over in the MeadowOver-In-the-Meadow
Author: Unknown
Illustrator: Ezra Jack Keats
Pages: 21
Reading Level: Beginner
Star Rating: ★★★

I’m not sure exactly what I thought about this one. I enjoyed the rhymes (I’ll say why in a second), but I didn’t particularly like the illustrations, and I couldn’t stand the binding (it was printed in the seventies and is that horrible made-especially-for-abuse library binding). The illustrations were of a more harsh/blobby nature than I prefer, and were, frankly, unattractive.

I did, however, like the poem. There were ten stanzas, each of which explored different animals and their environments. As an example, I will include the very first and last stanzas.

“Over in the meadow, in a hole in a tree,
Lived a mother bluebird and her little birdies three.
“Sing!” said the mother.
“We sing,” said the three.
So they sang and were glad,
In the hole in the tree.

Over in the meadow, in a soft shady glen,
Lived a mother firefly and her little flies ten.
“Shine!” said the mother.
“We shine,” said the ten.
So they shoe like stars,
In the soft, shady glen.”

Yes, each there was a numerical progression from one to ten amongst the offspring. I really liked how each verse included the home/living space of the particular animal. I also appreciated how promptly obedient the little animal babies were. ; )

Conclusion. I wouldn’t order this one online, but if you ever come across it in person, I would encourage you to stop and flip through it.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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