Over in the Meadow
“Over in the Meadow
in the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother turtle
and her little turtle one.”
So begins this classic nursery poem, written by Olive A. Wadsworth in the late 19th century, a favorite counting rhyme for generations of children. Anna Vojtech’s sweet illustrations depict a sun-drenched meadow filled with loving animal families-from mother turtle with her one baby to ten little beavers embraced by their doting mother. There are lots to count in the cleverly designed pictures, and sharp-eyed youngsters will delight in finding a corresponding number of background details on each spread.
[Vojtech] places [the animals] into an idyllic meadow scattered with appropriate numbers of bugs, flowers, and other items for enthusiastic young counters to enumerate.
[With an] appealing and energetic landscape of boldly applied colors, learning to count is as easy as one, two, three.
Although many versions of the verse, both traditional and nontraditional, are available, this is an accessible rendition that children will enjoy in storytime and on their own.
School Library Journal