OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD by Lydia Maria Child

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Catrow (illustrator of Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, 1995) provides a pictorially updated interpretation of the journey to the grandparents' house made famous by Child's song. Instead of the sleigh, the family tools off in a minivan from which the baby soon escapes into the chaos of the Thanksgiving Day parade. She gets bumped off a horse (``As over the ground we go''), lands in a tuba, gets blatted out into the hands of an organ grinder's ape, and attaches herself to a giant runaway alligator balloon, parachuting down to the grandparents' just as her family rolls in. It is a madcap pilgrimage, and Catrow's illustrations are a whirl of incident and amusing detail, but the deliberate contrast between old-fashioned lyrics and contemporary scenes never really takes hold, making it more confusing than funny. Preschoolers will find the pictures hard to read--the baby is difficult to find--and her misadventures will alarm more literal-minded toddlers. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8050-3852-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1996




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